Deal done on Lisbon treaty

So it looks like a big win for Ireland and a brief welcome distraction from the economic crisis. It includes assurances on all the subterranean fears and even the usual humbug of Irish neutrality.

It also emerged yesterday that the Government has forced changes to a key declaration on European security and defence policy (ESDP), which aims to boost existing EU ties with Nato. The changes to the declaration reflect Irish efforts to have the UN’s role highlighted at the European Council meeting, where EU leaders will pledge to give a “fresh impetus to European security and defence, in full complementarity with Nato”.

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