Quelle partie de “Non” ne comprenez-vous pas?

June 21st, 2008


According to an article on the RTE news website, the French government isn’t happy with the fact that Ireland voted “No” to the Treaty of Lisbon.

I didn’t vote because I live in Spain, but as I am quite pro EU, I would probably have voted “Yes”. But that doesn’t mean I think there should be another referendum just because other countries aren’t happy with the outcome of this one.

Watching interviews with voters on the news, I got the impression that a lot of people who voted “No” did so because they didn’t understand the terms of the treaty. If that’s the case, then a big slap on the wrist to the Irish Government for not explaining them well.

The next step shouldn’t be another referendum just because the French don’t like the way the Irish voted, but a study to see whether or not people actually understood what they were voting on. If that study found people really didn’t understand, then there is an argument for another referendum, provided the Government bother their arses to explain the terms of the treaty properly instead of simply telling people it’s a really good idea.

In the meantime, Président de la Commission des Affaires Étrangères de l’Assemblée Nationale de France, Monsieur. Axel Poniatowski, which bit of

NO

do you not understand?

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