UK opposition leader backs Klaus on Lisbon Treaty delay
2009 09 25

From: euobserver.com


In a show of support for Czech President Vaclav Klaus's continued refusal to complete ratification of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, the leader of the British Conservative Party has sent Mr Klaus a letter noting that the party intends to hold a referendum on the document if they are elected into government next year.

The move, reported on Wednesday (23 September) in the Daily Mail, a British tabloid, would appear to support the theory that Mr Klaus is delaying signature of the treaty, already ratified by the Czech parliament, for as long as it takes for the Conservatives, currently on the opposition benches, to come into power.

David Cameron (Who Married into the Astor Family), the leader of the eurosceptic party, has repeatedly promised to hold a referendum on the treaty if he becomes prime minister and if ratification has not been fully completed in the rest of Europe.

David Cameron is 'Con Man of British Politics', Says Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg

A general election must be called in Britain by the middle of next year and the Conservatives are widely expected to win.

A spokesperson for the Conservatives said he had not seen the letter but confirmed that one had been sent to the Czech president "some weeks ago."

"There certainly wouldn't have been any pressure on Mr Klaus," said the spokesperson. "It was just basically restating our position and underlining the point, our stance on the Lisbon Treaty."

"If the treaty is not in force at the time of the next general election and a Conservative government is elected we would suspend Britain's ratification of the treaty and hold a referendum urging its rejection," he said.

A referendum on the treaty in Britain, known for its largely eurosceptic population, is likely to result in a No vote, which would kill off the treaty.

However, if all other member states have ratified the treaty, it is not clear what, if any, moves Mr Cameron can make. To date, he has only said the Conservatives "will not let matters rest."

Mr Cameron's move is set to infuriate other EU leaders, particularly France and Germany, who have thrown their weight behind the treaty.

Both countries were already riled by the fact that Mr Cameron teamed up with Mr Klaus' eurosceptic Civic Democrats and left the federalist European People's Party in the European Parliament to form their own anti-federalist outfit after the June EU elections.

Last week, Nicolas Sarkozy said there would be "consequences" for the Czech Republic if Mr Klaus kept postponing signature of the document.

The pressure from other capitals is likely to intensify if Ireland votes Yes in its referendum on the treaty next week (2 October).

"Cameron is going to destroy Britain's credibility as a European Union player," UK liberal MEP Andrew Duff told this website after news of the letter came out.

The treaty creates an EU foreign minister and president of the council post and greatly extends the powers of the European parliament to co-legislate with member states. It must be ratified by all member states if it is to come into force.

Source: euobserver.com



Related Articles
Czech Republic 'planning to delay signing Lisbon treaty'
Vaclav Klaus, A "Fiery Czech" Is Poised to Be the Face of Europe
Vaclav Klaus addresses the European Parliament & A Constitutional Guide to the Political Groups in the European Parliament (Video)
Czech president compares EU parliament to one-party state
Czech MPs mull suspension of Klaus' powers over Lisbon treaty
EU Plans Massive Surveillance Panopticon That Would Monitor “Abnormal Behavior”


Latest News from our Front Page

CIA torture is reason for France to exit NATO – Le Pen
2014-12-17 20:20
The shocking revelations of CIA torture techniques give France a reason to exit NATO, National Front party leader Marine Le Pen said on Saturday. The report on the CIA’s former interrogation practices has drawn wide criticism since its release. “If indeed everyone is outraged by the tortures used by the US then, let’s leave NATO,” Le Pen said during an interview ...
900 Documented Examples of Obama's Lawbreaking, Lying, Corruption, Cronyism, Hypocrisy & Waste
2014-12-17 20:00
By Tim Brown from sonsoflibertymedia.com: Our friend, Dan from Squirrel Hill, has updated his list to 900 documented examples of Barack Obama¡¯s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc. He began with 252 examples, then quickly grew to 504 and later to 694. Recently, he added more than 200 more examples of the usurper-in-chief¡¯s unlawful acts. Every President, every politician, and every human ...
A Step Closer to the Mysterious Origin of the Viking Sword Ulfberht
2014 12 16
The universe is full of mysteries that challenge our current knowledge. In "Beyond Science" Epoch Times collects stories about these strange phenomena to stimulate the imagination and open up previously undreamed of possibilities. Are they true? You decide. Ulfberht was like a Medieval luxury brand for swords—but unlike your Gucci purse, the swords were of such high quality they were almost ...
Israel proposes natural gas pipeline to Southern Europe
2014-12-16 12:39
Israel is pushing for the European Union (EU) to approve the construction of a pipeline running from the Middle Eastern country to supply Cyprus, Greece and Italy with natural gas. The proposed EastMed pipeline will carry gas from the Tamar and Leviathan gas fields located in the Mediterranean Sea, to Southern Europe. As the Times of Israel reported in an ...
As Robots Grow Smarter, American Workers Struggle to Keep Up
2014 12 16
A machine that administers sedatives recently began treating patients at a Seattle hospital. At a Silicon Valley hotel, a bellhop robot delivers items to people’s rooms. Last spring, a software algorithm wrote a breaking news article about an earthquake that The Los Angeles Times published. Although fears that technology will displace jobs are at least as old as the Luddites, there ...
More News »