The EU, Lisbon, and referenda..

Whilst the UK’s parliament, the House of Commons for now, today voted down proposals to hold a referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon – exposing divisions within parties in the process – the Republic of Ireland’s government prepares to publish their referendum legislation.. but no exact date yet. Meanwhile, with perhaps some prompting from a mischievous press, certain EU state leaders have endorsed suggestions that Taoiseach Bertie Ahern would be a good first candidate for the envisaged post of President of the Council of the European Union – other [undeclared] candidates do exist. The potential conflict of interest would explain why Mr Ahern has played down the suggestion.. although a previous report, also playing down that suggestion, did point to another possibility for Mr Ahern – that of EU Commission President..

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  • Mark McGregor

    Can’t see the Council recommending a UEN party member to the Parliament as a candidate. For over twenty years the PES and EPP have managed to keep the role between them.

  • Pete Baker

    That’s the EU Commission’s presidential post you’re referring to, Mark?

    It would fit with a ‘mischievous press’ analysis.. but perhaps the new role of President of the Council of the European Union might alter the power balance.

    Especially if the referendum said ‘Yes’.

  • Mark McGregor

    Pete,

    Yup and damn you for making me look at that bloody treaty again. As the Council recommendation, to be approved by the Parliament, has to take into account the outcome of the most recent European Election, whatever the hell that means, if Lisbon is ratified it may be on shakey legal ground anointing someone from a tiny electoral grouping like UEN. Or it could mean that a candidate recommended by a coalition majority in the EP could then be recommended back by the Council to the Parliament for endorsement.

    That’s that cleared up then. Its incomprehensible and deliberately so as Vincent Browne points out in today’s Irish Times.

  • Pete Baker

    My bad ;op

  • Err … I thought (when the name of Blair went briefly into the frame) the job-specification included fluent English and French. So that’s a double disqualification.

  • Oiliféar

    “… when the name of Blair went briefly into the frame …”

    I had heard the specification was close to America but not their lackey.

  • Oiliféar

    “… when the name of Blair went briefly into the frame …”

    I had heard the specification included being close to America but not their lackey.