Our No Vote Will Be Respected. We Will Not Be Bullied; Friends after All? Foreign Minister Michel Martin and His French Counterpart Bernard Kouchner, Who Warned Ireland Not to Vote No
Byline: Niamh Lyons
IRELANDshouldnothave to apologise for voting No in lastweek'sLisbonTreaty referendum,the country's EU Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said yesterday.
Hesaidithadlongbeen known that each country within theEUhadtohaveitssayon Lisbon and, although the people hadgoneagainstthewishesof thepoliticalclass,
business groups and trade unions, that should still be respected.
Itwasclearlyunderstoodthat this treaty had to be ratified by all 27memberstates,MrMcCreevy told RTI radio yesterday Thebasisofthesuccessofthe Europeanprojecthas been that nobody is bullied and Ireland will not be bullied.
Ireland is the only country so far that had to put the question of Lisbon tothe people.
Isomehowsuspectthatifany other member state of the EU had to put it before the people, that theresultwouldbethesame.That must be borne in mind by the other political leaders in Europe. He alsoadmitted that the treaty wasunintelligible.Thetreaty refers to sub-paragraphs of former sub-paragraphsandotherdocumentsandthereisnopersonthis side of Timbuktu who would be in a position to understand it, he said.
Meanwhile,inLuxembourg,Foreign Affairs Minister Michel Martin yesterday admitted there were noquick-fixsolutionsfollowing our rejection of the treaty. He was speakingashemet his European counterparts to discuss reform plans after the No vote. …