Sunday, 4 March 2012

On the hundredth anniversary of the 1916 Rising!

The EU commissioner for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, Viviane Reding, has said that twenty years after the Maastricht Treaty, Europe is in need of “democratic rejuvenation,”, and she has proposed a five-point plan for 2020. The plan includes convening “a convention to draft a treaty on European political union.” Such an agreement should ensure that the European Parliament becomes a true European legislature, with the right to initiate legislation and the exclusive right to elect the Commission.

From 2016 to 2019 the treaty on political union would be subject to ratification in all member-states by way of referendums. It would enter into force once two-thirds of member-states had ratified it.

Citizens should be given two alternatives: either to accept the new treaty or to reject it and remain in a close form of association, notably by continuing to participate in the single market.

So if Reding’s kite flies higher we may have the ultimate referendum on independence and sovereignty in 2016!

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