Government faces nightmare scenario of third Lisbon vote
By Fionnan Sheahan and Sarah Collins in Brussels
Friday October 29 2010
THE nightmare prospect of another Lisbon Treaty vote loomed last night as EU leaders met in Brussels.
Germany is continuing to press hard to reopen the Lisbon Treaty, tighten rules on spending and bring in punishments for breaches.
Backed by France, the Germans want countries that break budget deficit rules to have their voting rights suspended — a measure that would prompt a referendum in Ireland and is staunchly opposed by Mr Cowen.
After the Nice and Lisbon experiences, the Government is against any changes that would result in substantial changes needing to be passed in a referendum.
“I don’t believe the suspension of voting rights is a runner as far as getting the agreement of my country,” Mr Cowen said.
Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Portugal are also sceptical on the voting rights issue. Read the rest of this entry »