Germany passes legislation to ratify Lisbon treatyPosted: September 10, 2009
German MPs have passed revised legislation to ratify the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty increasing pressure on the Irish to vote Yes in a second referendum in three weeks.
Published: Sep. 08, 2009 – The Telegraph
Germany’s Bundestag was forced to re-ratify the controversial treaty, the successor to the European Constitution, after the country’s supreme court asked for extra safeguards against the extension of EU powers in June.
New legislation had to be drafted to satisfy judicial fears that the Lisbon Treaty did not allow the EU “to exceed the powers given to it” by usurping national parliaments.
“It brings Europe closer to the people,” said Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, during the debate.
The changes to the German law enacting the Lisbon Treaty require the government to inform MPs as “thoroughly and as early as possible” about EU decisions.
The German parliament’s vote moves the focus onto Ireland which holds a second popular vote on the Lisbon Treaty on October 2, following a first referendum rejection in June 2008.
All EU member states must ratify the treaty before it can come into force and support in Ireland has slipped sharply in recent weeks.
Poland and the Czech Republic have said they will not sign the treaty into law until Ireland has voted in favour.
“Good news from Germany but the prospects in Ireland are looking very grim,” said an EU official.