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..