Eurosceptics declare Treaty of Lisbon “finished”
Most EU leaders certainly hoped it wouldn’t come to this: a failure by a single country to ratify the Treaty of Lisbon, the third rejection of proposed reforms to the European Union in three years. Once again, the EU faces renewed crisis with unanswered questions over how – and how effectively – the bloc will function in the future. But while acknowledging the set-back, most EU representatives still want the ratification process to go ahead. By contrast, long-term critics such as Czech President Václav Klaus have already declared the treaty, like its predecessor the EU constitution, finished.
“I think that the rules are clear: either all agree or I don’t think the treaty can be made valid. I don’t see much sense in further ratification. Like we saw after referenda in the Netherlands and France, I think that the EU now needs a reflection period. Of course, formally, ratification can continue, but I don’t see the point.”
But some members of the government – like the Education Minister Ondřej Liška – disagree, as do members of the opposition, such as the deputy speaker of the lower house Lubomír Zaorálek. He spoke to Radio Prague earlier on the phone from Ostrava:
This week EU leaders will meet at a summit in Brussels to discuss the rocky road ahead, although which options will be favoured in the end remains unclear. This Monday, also the French President Nicholas Sarkozy – in favour of continuing ratification - arrives in Prague. He too is expected to reiterate the need for ratification to continue to save the Treaty of Lisbon from a less than glorious fate.