An article in the FT today by Tony Barber and John Murray Brown in Dublin had this to say:
European Union leaders will urge a prompt end to almost a decade of debilitating, inward-looking debates over institutional reform if the result of Ireland’s referendum on the EU’s Lisbon treaty confirms on Saturday that voters have approved the charter at the second time of asking.
A Yes vote, predicted by all opinion polls in advance of Friday’s referendum, will redouble pressure from Brussels and EU national capitals on Vaclav Klaus, the Eurosceptic Czech president, to sign the treaty and remove the last important obstacle to its implementation early next year.
As an Englishman I'm gutted that the independence of my country now depends on people other than Englishmen. Should the Irish vote Yes to this Treaty then Britain will not get the referendum they were promised and will become a mere region of the European Union. A union that is so corrupt that Deloitte's, their accountants have been unable to sign off the accounts as audited for the last the ten years. The Irish voted No when first asked so they have to have another vote and will keep voting until the EU get the results that they need. How sad is that!
The Dutch and the French have already voted No when confronted with the new European constitution so the EU camouflages it now as a treaty and does not give the Dutch or the French the opportunity to reject it at the ballot box.
So, if you think politics stinks where you live then spare a thought for us on the eve of this impending disaster.