“carefully crafted [rhetoric] on an Olympian scale..”

From tonight’s Hearts and Minds, Noel Thompson’s conversation with European correspondent Chris Mason expands significantly on Mark Mardell’s thoughts on the options available for Ireland, and Taoiseach Brian Cowen, in Europe.

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  • George

    Either Chris Mason, as the BBC’s European correspondent, shows a depressingly worrying lack of understanding of the EU in suggesting that something could be inserted into the Irish Constitution to overcome the issues of abortion, tax and neutrality in the Lisbon Treaty, or Cowen thinks he can pull a fast one.

    EU law has primacy over all national law in areas where it has competence. The Bunreacht, or indeed British legislation, aren’t worth the paper they are written on when it comes to areas that fall within ECJ competence if they do not adhere to EU law.

    Also, declarations are just that, declarations.