The darkest “wow” analysis of the impact of the Irish “No” vote comes today from Anatole Kaletsky of the Times. Bullying won’t work and the vote robs the future development of the EU of ” all democratic legitimacy” he claims. Kaletsky is a leading moderate, intellectual Euro-sceptic, much respected in the wider commentariat.
By contrast, here is a delicious example of the sort of Euro arrogance from the former Constitution’s principle begetter, Valery Giscard d’Estaing that will drive even fanatical Irish pro-Europeans to distraction
Finally the ripple effect of the No vote extends to the Czech republic and Poland, as reported in the Euroactiv website. I recommend it as a great source of wider EU opinion and information, for those who don’t know it.
Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London