President recognises the court but it doesn’t recognise him (Tele joins in)

The Belfast Telegraph is reporting the Czech Constituitional Court has delayed its decision on the legality of the Lisbon Treaty until tomorrow pending arguments from President Václav Havel.

The Czech Constitutional Court has delayed its verdict on whether the Lisbon Treaty conforms to the country’s constitution. The court was expected to deliver a ruling today, but will now return to the issue tomorrow pending arguments against the treaty from Czech President Vaclav Havel.

The Czech Government supports the document, but Mr Havel is an avowed Eurosceptic. If the court rules in favour of the treaty, it would leave Ireland in an increasingly isolated position among the EU member states.

Many won’t notice or care about their error, especially as Court Chairman Pavel Rychetsky also forgot Havel hasn’t been President since 2003.

Note: Havel is not a Eurosceptic and the Czech President is Václav Klaus.

UPDATE the Court has found the Treaty would be compatible with the Czech constitution. The process of ratification can now continue but is not 100% guaranteed.

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  • veritas

    couldn`t we just force the Irish to have referendum after referendum until we get the result we want.

  • joeCanuck

    You really do need to pay more attention, veritas. The process you suggest is already well under way.
    As regards the little mistake by the Court President, perhaps he was a little tired and emotional.

  • pith

    This is truly bizarre. A Belfast Telegraph story which is not the result of an e-mail sent under the Freedom of Information Act and which does not include the line, ‘…the Belfast Telegraph can reveal today.’ They’ll be getting names wrong next.

  • joeCanuck


    Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has proposed changing the Constitution to allow the Supreme Court decide whether future EU treaties need to be ratified by referendum, as part of a package of measures to address Ireland’s future role in the union.


  • Ulsters my homeland

    Excuse me but does the above consider the Republic of Ireland? and not the UK?

  • Ulsters my homeland

    I hate to remind you lot, but this site is about the Poilitics of N.Ireland.

    if ye want a cross border yin, ask cross border people or maybe yer own government although I wouldn’t hold much help in them culchies.

  • Wilde Rover


    I hate to break it to you, but you live in the EU. This is a thread about the EU.

    The European Union is also your homeland.

  • Y?2J

    Keep up with the unchanging times with the Belfast Telegraph?