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EU treaty faces Czech problems after Irish No

The European Union has been constantly coming up against public pressure from time to time. Its attempts to make treaties that bring the countries into a tighter Union typically run against the gauntlet of public opinion. The treaties come up for voting in different countries, and the conditions have always been set that the treaties need to be approved by all the countries, a ‘No’ vote could be suicidal for the treaty. However, when the treaties come up for vote, even with the support of the ruling politicians, movements against the treaty quickly spring into life and gain a lot of strength. There is something fundamentally flawed in that it seems so easy to galvanize a majority of the population in multiple countries to vote against such a treaty. Hence, an earlier more ambitious version of the treaty had to be given up after no votes in many countries killed the treaty.
A more watered down version of the constitution was negotiated, and even that faced a critical setback when a majority of the voting population of the Republic of Ireland stood up on its hind legs and voted against the treaty. And now the Czech Republic seems to have a problem with being able to ratify the treaty. The country had to take a 2 step move to get ratification – first the constitutional court had to rule that the treaty was in accordance with the constitution of the country, and then the treaty had to be passed in Parliament:

“The European Council noted that the Czech Republic cannot complete the ratification process until the constitutional court delivers its positive opinion on the accordance of the Lisbon Treaty with the Czech constitutional order,” the leaders said in a footnote to their final statement at a two-day summit.
Most leaders sought to put a positive spin on the message, noting that ratification of the treaty by other countries would continue and they would review the way forward together with Ireland at their next summit in October.

This rejection by Ireland and a possible rejection by the Czech Republic threatens the treaty. If one country rejects it, then the opponents in other countries also get more impetus for their efforts.

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