Workers Party have said that the decision of the European Union heads of states to make changes to the text of the Lisbon
Treaty is proof that the Irish people were lied to after their rejection of the treaty in the first Irish referendum in 2008.
Mannion, who was the Workers Party spokesman on the Lisbon Treaty, said that both the Irish government and the European Commission
were adamant that no changes could be made to the Lisbon Treaty after the first Irish referendum. Instead a number
of purely cosmetic alterations were made to the preamble to the treaty in an effort to force the Irish people to change their
minds but the original Lisbon text remained untouched.
massive campaign of coercion, subterfuge and what are now known to be downright lies was launched by the EU and the Irish
political establishment. We were told that Lisbon would make the European Union more efficient, that it would create
millions of new jobs and would stimulate the economies of all European Union member states. Complicit in this campaign
were not only the Irish government but Fine Gael, the Labour Party, IBEC and others”, said Mr. Mannion.
were told that the Lisbon Treaty was set in stone; That we would be delaying progress and job creation if we said No
a second time. We were told that we could precipitate the virtual break up of the EU into a two-tier union with Ireland
being left behind. Now we see the reality of that two tier Europe. When Germany and France blatantly breached the stability
and cohesion pact rules no action was taken. However, now that the financial crisis in other Euro-zone countries is
beginning to hurt the likes of Germany and France they are prepared to change the rules to suit themselves and to give themselves
even greater powers than the ones we warned about”.
Workers’ Party and others on the left who opposed the Lisbon Treaty have been proved correct. The Lisbon Treaty was
a bureaucratic rulebook to put more powers in the hand of the European capitalist elite. It was signed into law a mere
12 months ago and already they are looking for more power. They already have a virtual dictatorship where they
can fire millions of workers, pour vast amounts of public money into rescuing corrupt banks and institute vicious cuts in
welfare and public services. Our Minister for Finance must get permission from Brussels before he can introduce this year’s
budget. This autocracy must be stopped and the only ones that can be trusted to do this are the people of Europe itself”.
people of Europe were deliberately and cynically denied a voice when the Lisbon Treaty was adopted by parliaments rather than
the people. This happened because the establishment knew that the people would have overwhelmingly rejected the treaty given
the opportunity. We now call on all democrats, and all Left parties in particular, to rally together on an EU wide basis to
prevent any further erosion of democracy and sovereignty”.
29th October 2010