British Eurosceptics are getting very excited about Ireland’s referendum. Seldom, in peacetime, has an announcement in Dail Eireann had such an immediate effect on the business of the Commons:
Gov business tomorrow has now been cancelled to accommodate Bills motion.
— Nadine Dorries MP (@NadineDorriesMP) February 28, 2012
Of course Bill Cash’s real point of focus is not Ireland at all but Cameron, and his failure as many on the Tory right would have it, to hold the Eurozone institutions to account for the involvement of EU institutions in any nascent fiscal union (or FU as Guido has it).
A trifle premature, perhaps dear Bill?
More soberly, Tim Montgomerie suggests that George Osborne’s unofficial view is that it will all collapse long before this treaty gets to take effect. Short pause while Ireland applies for re-entry to the Sterling zone, or four months to get the printing machines on the go again.
Oh, and that old
hedge funder, erm Irish rebel, Guido’s making plans for, well, whenever it comes:
Cameron may not have been able to veto FU, but Irish people will. We will make it a referendum on bailing out bankers.
— Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) February 28, 2012
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty