Lisbon Assurances Agreed at Brussels Summit – Lisbon II Vote in ‘Early October’
The letter worked it seems – as Cowen and Martin arrive home with a victory over intransigent EU leaders. Spin cycle set to overload for the next 24 hours. “Hard victory” “good deal for Ireland” “heart of Europe” and onward toward a new date for a Lisbon vote.
Agreement on the shape of the deal followed an early morning meeting between Taoiseach Brian Cowen and the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at which the latter indicated that the British would no longer stand in the way of a reference to a future protocol.
The Irish guarantees will now be enshrined in a formal declaration of the European Council, which itself has legal force, and the summit will also indicate separately in its conclusions a willingness to return to the issue to copperfasten the interpreations of the treaty in the next treaty agreed between member-states, likely to be that providing for Croatian accession in a couple of years.
“What we will witness at the European Council today is an elaborate charade. The so-called guarantees are simply designed to throw dust in the eyes of ordinary people in Ireland to give them the impression that something fundamental has been changed in the Lisbon Treaty compared to 12 months ago. “Absolutely nothing has been changed, not a dot, not a comma in the same document,” he said.
Here comes round two…
Update: The Taoiseach said it will be a vote is likely in early October, woo hoo? Or boo hoo?