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A letter from Ireland

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Irish friends

Dear Friends in Britain,

As you probably know, the Yes-side elements in last month's Lisbon Treaty referendum in Ireland are contemplating holding a second referendum next spring on the same Treaty, in the hope of inducing Irish voters to reverse the result of their 12 June No vote, so enabling Lisbon to be ratified. The Irish Government is under heavy pressure from France, Germany and the Brussels Commission to follow such a course.

This pressure is expected to intensify at the next EU "summit" meetings in October and December, as all the other 26 EU States are likely to have ratified the Lisbon Treaty by the year's end, and that fact will be used to put pressure on the Irish Government to hold a Lisbon Two referendum.

The British Government deposited the instrument of ratification of Lisbon in Rome the other week, even though there was absolutely no hurry about doing this, as two legal actions were on foot in the British courts challenging the ratification and the Government knew that Irish voters had rejected the Treaty. The British Government thus deliberately added to the pressure on Ireland.

The three-quarters of a million first-generation Irish people living in Britain, and the several million British people of Irish descent, will hardly welcome this behaviour in so far as they learn about it - not least in the light of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's abandonment of his party's election manifesto pledge to hold a referendum in Britain on the EU Constitution, which is now embodied in the Lisbon Treaty.

Gestures of support from Britain for the Irish people's rejection of Lisbon in the form of letters to the Irish newspapers or messages to one's personal friends in Ireland, would be welcome over the coming months, so long as they are not in a form that could be construed as telling the Irish people or Irish Government what to do.

Both the Irish and British peoples have a common democratic interest in opposing the turning of the EU into a political union, which the Lisbon Treaty/EU Constitution would do.

Lisbon would in effect establish a legally new European Union in the constitutional form of a supranational European Federation under Franco-German hegemony, in which the EU Member States would be reduced to the constitutional status of provincial states and we would all be endowed with a real rather than symbolical or notional EU citizenship.

This would mean that in a post-Lisbon European Union both the Irish and British peoples would owe that Union their prime citizens' duty of obedience to its laws and loyalty to its authority over and above our citizens' duty to our own countries and laws, because of the principle of the superiority of EU law over national law in any case of conflict between the two.

Irish democrats look to British democrats to help and support us in every way that you practically can in opposing these profoundly anti-democratic developments over the months ahead.

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Coughlan
Secretary
The National Platform EU Research and Information Centre
24 Crawford Avenue
Dublin 9
Tel.: 00-353-1-8305792

Gestures of support from Britain for the Irish people's rejection of Lisbon in the form of letters to the Irish newspapers or messages to one's personal friends in Ireland, would be welcome over the coming months, so long as they are not in a form that could be construed as telling the Irish people or Irish Government what to do.

Consider it done.

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