Sunday, 15 June 2008

The final nail?

The Czechs have hammered another nail into the coffin of the Lisbon treaty by declaring that ratification must stop.

Czech president Vaclav Klaus, who is supported by the country's largest political party, called the Irish referendum vote a "victory of freedom and reason" and said "ratification cannot continue".

His view was echoed in the Czech senate.

"Politicians have allowed the citizens to express their opinion only in a single EU country," Mr Klaus said.

"The Lisbon treaty project ended with the Irish voters' decision and its ratification cannot continue," he wrote on his own website, according to Czech news agency CTK.

The resounding Irish no was a "victory of freedom and reason over artificial elitist projects and European bureaucracy," he said.

Premysl Sobotka, Czech senate chairman, also said there was "no sense" continuing with ratification, according to the agency.

So, it looks like we could now see two countries refuse to ratify the treaty. The Telegraph report says that that would kill it off once and for all.

Here's hoping!

1 comment:

bernard said...

He's a great chap is Vaclav Klaus.
Bit of an un-sung hero if you ask me, at least until now.
He lives in a lovely country and leads a mono cultural, talented nation of people.
He looks the part too. Serious and Statesman-like.
Just compare him to our flabby, washed-out, comic book politicians.
Let's hope the BNP develop a 'common cause' with him.