Here are some comments
from across the continent...
"To the Irish people, please vote "NO"
.. for Europe, for a little bit of democracy, for sovereinity, for some power
to the small countries...In Sweden we were promised exceptions when we were to
vote for the EU-membership 14 years ago. Today they are all gone, and EU roles
our lives and we just have to obey... For a peaceful future, please vote "NO"
Ninetta Donizetti, Italy
has been bullying Ireland for too long! It's time Ireland and its people were
treated with respect."
"Everyone in Europe should have the right to vote
on this treaty. We are being treated with contempt. Where is the democracy in
Gudrun Sievers, Germany
european People looked for Ireland because in Germany we can not speak for yes
or no to die Lisbon Treaty. The Idea of EU is fantastic, but not enough democracy
- but we can not vote! Many Peoples (80%) are not for die Treaty! in Germany!
Good Luck for the Vote. Please say no!"
"Lisbon Treaty is the wrong way for
Europe. The treaty does not make changes to EU's custom union towards the rest
of the world and it strengthens the militarization of EU. It is also very undemocratic
that only the Irish people got a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty and it is even
more undemocratic that the Irish no in the first referendum was not respected."
"IRELAND PLEASE VOTE NO!!! Greece,
the place where Democracy was born, denied our right to vote!!! I ASK YOU TO VOTE
NO to the LISBON TREATY ON BEHALF OF ALL GREEKS AND EUROPEAN CITIZENS!!!"
"An appeal to my fellow citizens, cast
your vote correctly in the NO box. If not, it could be the last chance to vote
for anything meaningful ever again."
"I do not normally input into discussions
such as this. I am a very ordinary British tax payer who sees that costs incurred
by being part of the EU are increasing at an alarming rate and that we have little
or no say in how this money is spent. Why does the EU want to control every minor
aspect of our lives?? Do they not know about the financial difficulties that we
all face in Europe and try to reduce the costs of this ballooning organisation?
So no to Lisbon. Lastly, Tony Blair for Euro President?? Please God no!"
Thierry, European Greens Council member 1998-2008, Denmark
Denmark we were promised a referendum on the EU constitution to take place on
27.september 2005. After the French and Dutch No-vote our referendum was postponed,
and after the renaming to the Lisbon treaty the Danish referendum was cancelled
entirely. It means we have had no chance to vote about it. It is not fair. The
treaty will just be imposed on us if it is not stopped in Ireland."
"If the EU gave every country a vote
then it could be a democracy. Ireland should vote NO for all the Countries who
have been denied a vote."
"Please, people of Ireland, vote no ..."
"I pray that Ireland will look long term
and not at their present economical situation when voting on the 6th October.
Voting No to the Lisbon Treaty / EU Constitution will give us in the UK some hope
for our own referendum. The Irish No vote will also be a 'voice' for millions
across Europe who have not been given the opportunity to have their say."
has been no changes to the lisbon treaty,ignore the the scaremongers,we will not
be thrown out of europe vote NO"
"Where is the democratic part in forcing people
to vote or deciding on their behalfs?
Please vote NO Ireland! At least you
have a change of doing the right thing..."
"Until the present arrangements are reformed
to work properly, democratically and without corruption, and are seen to be so,
there should be no further development of the "European Project". The
current structures and processes benefit only politicians and the bureaucracy
Eric Barnes, Ireland
voted no the first time and will vote no again!"
Collier, United Kingdom
"We should all be ashamed of
the European Union. What sort of democracy makes its citizens vote again and again
until it gets the answer wanted by the politicial elite? What sort of democracy
uses taxpayers' money to bully the electorate into doing as it is told? Europe
"The Lisbon Treaty is neoliberal economic doctrine
codified by law. It will severely deepen the recession. We all know what happened
to the global economy after having practised this doctrine for a long while. It
crashed. European economies will continue to crash even deeper with the Lisbon
Treaty that will accelerate the downfall into hitherto unknown pit-falls."
"I Want To Vote Too!"
"With this second referendum they clearly
say that they just neither care for the citizens nor for what the citizens look
for. It's the same as if they were calling us stupids or ignorants (or even worse).
When choosing for themselves they consider that a NO may be a YES or a MAYBE,
depending on what advantages can be taken out of it - so they think everybody
is just like the same. Irish Friends, once again we are asking you - PLEASE VOTE
NO FOR US!"
Alwyn Carter, England
Please Ireland, SAY NO, its up to you to save us all. We are not allowed to vote,
although it was promised."
"Vote No for us-the rest of of Europe who didn't
have the chance to have a say! Please vote NO!"
"NON à ce maudit traité
; on s'assoit sans vergogne sur le volonté des peuples . NON à une
véritable dictature qui se met en place ; NON à l'Europe du pognon
contre les intéréts de nos sociétés"
"If a few million Irish don't have the right
to decide on what happens to the rest of us, then why should just a few hundred
Euro politicians be able to do so? ("...a few million Irish cannot decide
on behalf of 495 million Europeans," German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble)"
"Never has the corruption of the Irish government
and the EU superpowers been so evident as in this campaign. But the answer lies
with the people - what is right rings true. We shall, with God's help, once again
deliver a resounding NO: we will not be bullied and we will NOT sign ourselves
into a dictatorship. Oct 2 will be a day of victory."
Bernard Juby, UK living in France
"The Maastricht Treaty
should have died when it received a NO vote from Denmark.
The Lisbon Treaty
should have died when France and Ireland said NO. What is it about these unelected
bureaucrats do not understand about such a simple little word???"
"You are the last who can stop the Lisbon
treaty. This treaty is the end of any nation and political independance. You will
loose your destiny towards a impersonal and non-elected bureaucraty. We count
on you !"
PLEASE vote NO!!!!!! The ordinary peoples of Europe look to you to preserve democracy.
There are 500 million people in Europe looking to the people of Ireland to keep
us free. Be our saviours. God bless you."
"An Irish no is our only hope. Thank you for
our courageous last No, again say no, you are right."
"No thanks to less democracy"
Johnson, United Kingdom
"I want a vote on Lisbon! It
is a flawed and anti-democratic treaty. Vote NO Ireland!"
"This is nomore democracy. Stop mis-using this
word our Greek ancesters were proud of!
The only advantage I see is that everyone
now exactly knows what this Europe is made of (and for) and what to expect. Good
luck to the Irish People!"
"You are some of the last countries that are
still free to vote for or against the Lisbon Treaty.
For you and for us, for
your and our Liberty... please say NO ! French opponents to the Lisbon Treaty
suport you ! ;-)"
"If you want to be free , you must say no. Paris
see you. We hope in your vote for say yes to the democraty!"
"It makes me very angry to see the way
the Brussels oligarchs are pushing around the smaller nations in the EU, like
the Irish. And now they are hectoring and bullying the Czechs, too. Threatening
unknown "consequences" if they hold up the CONstitution of Lisbon until
they have checked it against their own constitution. What a travesty of democracy
and freedom. I hope the Irish tell them NO meansd NO. They will do themselves
a favour, but also speak for those of us who have not been allowed one referendum,
never mind two!"
save us again Ireland! Be the voice of the European people!"
"Hi I am active here in ireland with
the No campaign. My late father was an MEP for many years. Neil T Blaney. We have
always known where all the steps were leading us. This is the last chance for
europeans to stop this grab of power over the people."
"We must say NO to Lisbon. In UK we were
denied a vote in spite of an election promise, but there are many more reasons
not to make the wrong choice: VOTE NO TO THE LISBON TREATY and reject it as we
did it 4 years ago! All the free people of Europe are with you and thank you!"
"Come on ireland we are with you!!"
"Please,Irish sisters and brothers,say
NO to the Lisbon Treaty,because you have the power to save Europe and its democracy
from masonry and burocracy!!!"
"The democratic defecit is truly frightening
and the history of financial incompetence and corruption should persuade any intelligent
citizen that this is not the way forward for the people of Europe."
"Good luck, go to say No to Lisbon"
"I can hardly believe that Ireland is
being asked to vote again "in order to get it right this time" - it
reveals the contempt which the EU has for democracy. I hope there is an even bigger
NO this time, so that the message is heard plainly right across the European institutions."
Elena Sargiotto, Italy
Lisbon Treaty jeopardizes many of the rights that were conquered by our fathers
"No means no. Thank you Ireland."
"It's to late to think that Europe
can be build without the people. No to Lisbon ! Up with the Irish !"
di Benedetto, Italy
"The EU must be democratic and
transparent. We must demonstrate to them that we, the voters, will not grant them
unchecked power through our ignorance and desire to conform and be considered
socially acceptable. They must be responsible to us, not the other way around."
"I can only hope and imagine that
one day true democracy will exist. Let this vote be the beginning of this dream
not the end... Vote No to Lisbon Yes to democracy."
"Please vote against the Treaty of Lisbon.
As citizens of the only nation whose citizens have been given the right to a democratic
vote on the treaty, your vote also represents the majority of EU citizens who
have been denied that right. Let us work together across national borders for
a truly social, just and peaceful Europe â a Europe that places the fundamental
rights of EU citizens above business interests, and provides fair and honest security
for workers, and protects them against poverty and social calamity."
Smith, United Kingdom
"I have been denied a vote on
this issue and it does not have my consent. If Europe is Democratic then let me
will not be deluded by 'guarantees' which are not legally binding, I will not
be bribed, & I am not prepared to forfeit any more of the land, power &
rights for which my forefathers fought so bravely for many years. NO TO LISBON."
"The most fundamental aspect of any constitution
is that it is widely supported by its members. The constitution draft was rejected
because it did not have that support. Disguising it as an illegible treaty does
not increase its support. There are two main consequences of the Lisbon treaty:
1) aggravating the democratic shortcomings of European countries by increasing
the capacity of their executive branches to encroach the respective national legislature's
power by increasing the number of areas in which the commission can write law,
and 2) marginalising the grassroot proponents of EU in the debate about the road
Rhett Gates, UK
Lisbon treaty is an enormous threat to democracy and it is frightening that those
who support it are so determined to push it through at any cost."
"Individual countries within will have surrendered
their sovereignty and be powerless to oppose laws that are unfair . Why do we
have all have to be joined at the hip and just use the EU as a benificial trading
Nestor Quintana, Galicia,
"Defend your rights. We support you. You have already
Vahur Orrin, Estonia
one country in EU has said no to Lisbon Treaty in its referendum then nobody has
right to ask new referendum. Repeatable referendum is contradiction in terms and
against all the good principles of democracy and European integration."
Jackson, Northern Ireland
"Thanks. No No No all the
Merja Renvall, Ãland
"The Lisbon agenda is identical to the
policies that have created recession and cheap labour. It also creates an undemocratic
Superstate. Let's raise our voices and keep our voice for democracy. Let's say
Remy Cadier, The Netherlands
thought NO , meant NO , in Ireland as well as in The Netherlands!"
Erik Sillén, Sweden
can't believe that the democracy is diminished the way it is with the lisbon treaty
and the way it's been pulled throgh. It's a shame for the modern world."
Johnson (Revd.), UK
"We in Britain demand a referendum
on this straight-jacket of a European "Union"!!! We presently have been
highjacked into this "treaty" by a so-called politician named Brown,
who couldn't care less about our human rights."
"The biggest problem with the Lisbon
Treaty is that it exacerbates the anti-democratic tendencies of the EU at the
very time when we should be trying to reconnect people to politics and decision-making."
"The people of Ireland will be speaking
for the 496 million who were denied a vote, voting NO will win more influence
and real friends amongst the ordinary people of Europe than you could imagine."
"I really appreciate your action, as a French
we have been stolen our NO, the Dutch and the Irish whatever be the reasons and
they are not the same, the Lisbon Treaty is not acceptable."
"Ireland.you could be the saviours of the
EU by voting NO......again !"
"I wish I had the chanse to say no...
but nooo.. GO IRLAND"
"I hope irish people will confirm the NO that
french people hav'nt been allowed to say"
"If Ireland votes yes this time democracy
will have been usurped by the afunctional EU. There's so much promise in the EU
but no delivery because of its flawed institutions."
"I don't believe the EU can ever be "democratic"
enough, or how you can possibly expect people from one country to relate to being
"governed" by totally unknown foreign entities, as in both the EU Commission
and the EU Parliament."
"Please Ireland, say no for all of us, we have
not even been allowed to vote, I for one will never forgive Labour. so few, speak
for so many, that is NOT democratic."
"Respect the Irish NO. Lisbon Treaty is no good
for small countries."
"This treaty will affect Ireland and the rest
of Europe for the worse in my opinion. Ireland should stand by it's vote and vote
No again. Don't be bullied by the EU!"
"I support a No to Lisbon."
"Please say no to this false treaty,
say no first for your country, and then say no for all the others which can't
have their voice heard, like France (I am french)!"
"No to the Lisbon Treaty ! !"
"I am so annoyed by the line "Vote
Yes for Europe". "Vote Yes for Europe"? Or what? "Vote No
for Ireland"?! Incidentally, I am voting no for Ireland >>and<<
John Rose, UK
has to be referenda in every european nation and there also needs to be a proper
dialog on what it is we are being asked to vote for. There are too many questions
unanswered. What has an accelerated privitisation of the Health and Eductional
spheres, the creation of an EU Foreign Diplomacy Corps and amongst other things
the trampling of Unions got to do with a better, more efficient Europe?? I beg
everyone to use their vote to send the mandarins in Brussels a message. We will
not stand by and watch you turn our nations and peoples into part of a massive
Federal Machine with no limits and no controls."
"Vote no on undemocratic treaties and vote yes
on a democratic EU!"
"I Strongly support the "NO" vote!"
"Go, Irish. Last year was good, i think
you can do even better. Use your chance to reject!!!"
"The Treaty of Lisbon was a golden
opportunity to right the historical wrong which omitted to give the people of
Europe the sovereignty that Americans have. As it is, we remain the subjects of
ruling elites. What exactly in No you don't understand?"
"We said no the first time - nothing
has changed since then - we want to retain our sovereignty as an independent republic
- respect the irish referendum vote of No!"
"I support Liberty and Democracy, so I
"Say no to lisbon! Our corrupt government didn't
even ask us!!"
"Same treaty hopefully the same outcome as
our last referendum. although true democracy would mean we shouldn't have to vote
again. As the people have spoken before and where not listened too."
"Please Ireland, if not for yourselves,
say no for the rest of us who've been denied any voice at all. This is not democracy!
"You can vote but the only answer we'll accept is Yes!" - How many "Yes"
votes have been re-run? The arrogance of Brussels is unconscienable."
"I hope irish people will take the right path:
we do not nedd this Euro Bank Union..."
"No means No, let them know that"
"No to the Lisbon treaty!"
"A no vote will not only secure a democratic
Ireland. It will save democracy throughout Europe. I will go to Ireland on the
26th of September to show my support for all the people that dare to stand up
vote no so that we can have our promised referendum. Thank you."
"if the government get their yes vote
do we the NO voters get a chance to say"oh sorry u didnt understand what
u were voting on, lets vote again" its very scary whats happening."
"It's weird that you guys need to
vote a second time just because you voted "wrong" the first time.. However
you still got to vote wich makes your country the closest we get to a real democracy
in the EU!! In Sweden we voted "wrong" in the referendum about EMU so
then we didn't get to vote about the Lisbon treaty at all..... Our politicans
want our tax money but they don't want to hear what the people have to say."
"No to the same Treaty again!!!"
Jack Knights, UK
let the people of Ireland be taken in by the false promises of the EU institutions.
Like the promised review of the CAP they won't happen!"
Prusa, Czech Republic
"Please vote NO for the sake
of the rests of democracy in Europe!"
"thanks ireland, fir voting NO- keep
up the good work ! wish we had been allowed to have a say, but no, they didn't
allow us a vote... in finland."
"if ireland say yes... will they make a third
cannot understand why any 'democratic' parliament would be willing to sacrifice
its power and the power of its people to a select group of corrupt political elite.
Please use the opportunity that we have been denied and say 'Yes' to an EU which
looks after its member states and 'No' to the Lisbon Treaty!"
"I urge the people of Ireland to vote 'No' on their
own behalf, but also on behalf of all those of us denied the opportunity to vote."
"The Lisbon Treaty and what's been happening
in Ireland over the past year proves that the European Union is everything but
democratic! Vote NO Ireland! We all deserve better!"
"Europe is made up of different countries
and such has to remain. The Lisbon Threaty undermines the independence of each
individual country ...."
"I'm voting No to keep the unelected, unaccountable
EU Commission's hands off Ireland's Foreign Direct Investment Policy."
"Hey, Ireland! Did you know that they
even break their own rules by first renaming it and then force you to vote again?
When it was called "constitution", they said it was enough for one country
to vote no, and the whole constitution would fall. Guess what, it didnt. CAUSE
THEY DONT CARE! Now they claim you get to keep your commissioner.... If they can
break that rule, what on gods earth will get them to keep these promises? Therefore.
I call on the Irish voters. Vote for Ireland. Vote for all of us that was denied
the choice. Say NO to the Lisbon Treaty Oct 2."
"European citizens deserve to have a
say in their own lives and policies that span the EU are neither helpful nor logical
when each country has individual needs. Say NO to the Lisbon Treaty."
Elisie Jonsson, Sweden
want power close to the people, not as far away from them as possible."
Dourish, Northern Ireland
"The people in the Republic
of Ireland are speaking for the majority in Europe - Vote No again and don't be
"The (Irish) people have already spoken - no
a friend from the UK, it is so important that voters in Ireland seize this important
opportunity to express their right to be a free, democratic nation. We have been
denied such a voice, and so please do not be bullied into surrendering this opportunity
that many millions wish they could share in too. Good luck!"
"Ireland please vote NO"
"We tried to have a referendum. A
handful of us enthusiast picked over 2500 signatures for a referendum initiative,
but they discarded them using illegal actions. this is how European countries
do! Irish, our faith is in your hands. Save us, just say NO"
"Imagine a country voting for new parliament
and putting the opposition in power, but the incumbent majority then saying "ah,
no , this is not the right choice this new majority will not take over and we
will ask you to vote again later". This is exactly what the Irish are asked
to do here. This is nothing less than the death of democracy. Vote No to save
Steenie Harvey, Ireland
vote no to try and address the imbalance for all those who aren't allowed a vote
at all. What the EU has become bears no resemblance to the original Common Market.
Most European voters did not sign up to the monster they have now got"
"No no no and HELL NO! Come
on Ireland! You can do it! Vote no to Lisbon again. It's a trap!"
"The Lisbon Treaty is an undemocratic move
and is at best difficult to understand by the general populace. A resounding NO
to this document and all that it stands for."
Laporte, Paris - France
"No for the Lisbon Treaty"
Stringer, Great Britain
"The VAST MAJORITY of people
in the UK would like a vote, and would say NO. That is why he has withdrawn his
promise to give us one. Is that democracy?"
"I cannot believe that Ireland are being
hassled once again on a referendum by Brussels.....it seems if you vote correctly
(according to them) thats fine, but if you dare to vote against this undemocratic,
expensive and bureaucratic bulldozer you are made to think again....it is nothing
short of bullying of the worst kind....."
Dunne, Republic of Ireland
"The pure ignorance AND
arrogance of the current Irish government is beyond belief, not a single comma
or full stop has been changed in the treaty for the second run of it, all assurances
they claim to have are false, if there was changes the treaty would have to be
ratified in other EU member states. Say NO to lisbon (again)"
Henri Cadier, France
"Lisbon proposes a Europe shorn
of democratic legitimacy. The US Constitution begins with the words "We the
people" ours starts with the words "Despite the people". We voted
no on 29th May 2005 and we still stand by our decision."
"We need to show the leaders of EU
that we demand that this union is a democratic one. The Lisbon treaty will not
help the democratic future of EU, therefor we need to make sure it won't be forced
through against our will."
"Good on you Ireland, the very best of LUCK
Virginia Whinyates, UK
beg the Irish to stand by their first vote - not one word, not one dot of the
original text has been changed for them, otherwise every country would have to
go through the whole ratification process again. Be brave Ireland, don't be bullied
"Although I will be voting NO for a myriad
of reasons, it will be predominantly on behalf of the millions of European citizens
that do not even have a say in the matter, what type of democracy is this?"
Sandberg Olesen, Denmark
"I want the EU to be a democratic
place, for an of the people - but now, the EU won't listen to the people. So please,
Ireland, vote no for me, a citizen in a country of the EU who were denied the
right to vote."
the Irish to vote again on a treaty they have already rejected is pure coercion.
Europe's political elite are utterly deluded if they believe such bullying of
a small country can be a foundation for sustainable democracy in our continent."
"What kind of democracy is that nations
are forced to re-vote to get it right this time? A: it is not democracy of any
the Lisbon treaty, the future of the european democracy is in the hands of the
irish people. Pleas vote no!"
"The Lisbon Treaty would break
the tradition of Altiero Spinelli. If the Irish vote YES to Lisbon, a British
Imperialist is likely to become the first President of the EU."
"Aye to Democracy! Nay to Lisbon!"
"It really worries me that this establishment
will not accept an answer from us unless it is the right one, in their eyes! It
worries me even further that the supposed elected body of this country has the
cheek to waste value finances in our already cash stricken country to use it to
promote a document that favours big corporations and not its citizens. VOTE NO."
Ville Saarinen, Finland
a couple of weeks, you vote on the Lisbon Treaty, yet again. Is the EU YOU want
the type that disregards the will of the people? Makes them re-choose until they
make "the RIGHT CHOICE"? I say "NO!" and so should you. SAY
"NO" TO LISBON, AND "YES" TO DEMOCRACY!"
"The treaty is unwanted by the majority
of Europe but we are not given a voice. Forcing the Irish people to vote again
is a disgrace - they have already declared their democratic choice."
"Ireland, we are relying on you again.
Please vote no."
"Peuple irlandais vous à tes
de nouveau notre espoir pour dire NON à cette europe technocratique et
anti-démocratique. Nous autres Francais avons rejeté le TCE en 2005
et désormais on voudrait nous l'imposer sous un nouveau nom. Soyez notre
Irish people you are our new hope to say NO to this technocratic and
anti-democratic Europe. We have other French rejected the TEC in 2005 and now
they want us to impose a new name. Be our voice!"
"The Irish have already voted NO.
So UNDEMOCRATIC to try and force them to say yes and also to deny others their
vote on this matter!!!!"
"Europe should be built in another way than
with a Constitution approved by some politics. Give a chance to each country to
vote it, and if citizens answer NO, then we should re-start the process, but in
a better way. Say no to an Europe only for politicians and banks. Go Irland, do
Eva Hadar, Czech
"My country in 1918 fot her first proper independency,
in 2009 we are asked to hand it back to EU....Hope Irland will say NO to that."
"No to Lisbon in Ireland. We've already voted
and said NO! Why are our politicans so arrogant in putting Lisbon before us again??
Power corrupts, absolute power, absolutely corrupts! I do not want to give Irelands
power away and I don't not want to live in an united states type of Europe! I
am so angry with all our Irish politicans for putting the Lisbon treaty before
us again! There is no honouring of human dignity in Lisbon! I say NO again to
Jonathan Hunt, England
be bullied or duped, Ireland. Vote NO for the rest of us who have been denied
the democratic right."
"I say YES to a federal EU, but NO to the treaty
STREET JOURNAL EUROPE 26.6.09: In some countries they rig votes, in the European
Union they repeat votes to get the desired result. After Ireland last year rejected
the EU's Lisbon Treaty - itself a rehashed carbon-copy of the EU Constitution
that Dutch and French voters rebuffed in 2005 - the Irish are being asked to reconsider.
There will be another referendum in early October, Prime Minister Brian Cowen
said Wednesday, and this time the Irish are expected to get it right. In Europe,
they don't take 'no' for an answer."
Isle of Man
"We in the Isle Of Man, being not technically
part of the EU are not able to have any say at all, even in the election of the
Uk MEP's but are still expected to go along with the UK and Europe in all the
undemocratic decisions made in the EU. Come on Ireland, please do the decent thing
yet again and vote NO to this idiocy."
"yes to no"
"I want to live in a democratic,
national state. That is what the treacy of Lisbon definetely stands NOT for"
"Please, people of Ireland, have the
courage to do what our government is too afraid to allow us to do, stand by your
convictions and vote no again."
"We've been subjected to union after union in the last
hundred years. I want my country to live in peace and freedom for the first time
in an age. That age start NOW, with a solid NO."
"Do not yield to non-elected tyrannic
"They're afraid to hold a referendum in the UK because
they know very well the result would be a resounding No. The Irish have said No
once - why can't they accept that?"
L Nolan, Ireland
"I am truly disgusted that after the
last No vote to the Lisbon treaty we have been forced to run a second referendum.
The people of France and Nederland have already said no to the European Union
constitution only to have their governments ratify it against their wishes. The
EU is a great idea but it should be a cultural union which celebrates our common
heritage and geographical position while maintaining our individual sovereign
identities rather than a U.S. style federation. I will vote No in the face of
the enormous pressure that we are being put under to vote yes. The scare tactics
and the bullying we are being subjected to is undemocratic and I will resist it.
I thank the citizens of other EU states for the support you are giving to us in
this difficult time and I only hope that my fellow Irish citizens have the courage
to vote with their heart rather than give into the pressure that they are being
"Many swedish workers and union-members are following
youre campaign and strongly supports a loudful NO to the Lisbon treaty and new
liberalism as the law for politics."
"NO to the treaty and NO to to the Union.
Support and gratitude to the people of Ireland for being the only ones to stand
up for the last burning embers of democracy and a proven unjust, failed system."
"Until all countries can vote I shall say NO"
"As a "western-European American"
who has many interests all over Europe, I urge my European friends to reject this
slap at each nation's sovereignty."
"Our Swedish political elite, such
as the well-known EU Commissioner Margot Wallström and Prime Minister Fredrik
Reinfeldt, has no respect for our common welfare systems, nor for the European
democracy. I hope the Irish vote on 2 October once again will slap the elitists
in the face!"
"When Ireland says no again, will the deaf EU ask again?"
"Lisbon opens the way to an undemocratic
and super centralized Europe, where the principle of subsidiarity has no more
M Lynge, UK
Please vote 'No' in support of the rest of the voters of Europe who wasn't
vote no and save Europe from bureaucrats."
"Here we go again. You gave the wrong answer last time
so try again. No means no! If the horrifying outcome is a yes, will there be another
vote in 12 months to give the voters another chance? I doubt it. How about best
of 3? No? I didn't think so. Go on Ireland! In you we trust! Do the right thing
and tell the EU NO TO THE LISBON TREATY!"
"Keep up the pressure, JD. NO TO LISBON MEANS NO TO
"We voted no last year so why do we have to do vote again? No means No!"
Pierre-Yves Bourgeois, France
three countries now people have expressed opposition to giving more power to the
EU. But the message still hasn't got through. How many 'no' votes do our political
"Democracy is a very valuable good that we should cherish.
Irish people have already stated their opinion and forcing them to vote twice
on the same issue is not democratic."
"The Lisbon Treaty represents the unwelcome
evolution of an already over-centralised and undemocratic institution - I hope
Irish voters take this opportunity to vote it down."
"The Lisbon Treaty would give too
much power to bureaucrats in Brussels."
"Why are politicians continuing with
this, when the people have already said No? The Lisbon Treaty will give Brussels
politicians even more power, and the Irish people clearly understood that the
Charles de Thibault,
"The Irish people should know they are not alone in
opposing Lisbon. Any attempt to bully a country into accepting a Treaty it has
already rejected should be forcefully resisted."
Nikolaus Ludwig, Germany
"The Lisbon Treaty means ever
more power for the EU and ever less powers to national authorities. It risks undermining
the core principles of democracy, which we rightly cherish so much."
Fridolin - journalist & author, former Green Party Member of the
Swedish Parliament (2002 to 2006)
We need to say no to the
Lisbon Treaty and force the European elites to start working on a different kind
of cooperation, on the basis of public participation and democracy.
Essayah - Christian Democrat Member of the European Parliament, Finland
Lisbon Treaty is not in line with the principle of 'subsidiarity'. The treaty
shifts too much power to the EU, thus limiting the powers of decision makers at
a national level."
- Training & Skills Executive, Belgium
is not the only country that has reservations about the Lisbon Treaty. But it
was the only country that allowed the public to speak their mind, and they were
Sandra Muller - Leader
of the Citizens Initiative, Germany
"This treaty is being pushed
through in the most undemocratic way. When it was called EU Constitution people
rejected it, now it is called Lisbon Treaty people rejected it - and still it
is being forced upon us."
Stuart - British Labour MP, former Minister and Member of the Convention
on the Future of Europe, which drew up the original EU Constitution
treaty gives all the real power to political elites. Citizens become no more than
mere spectators. Thats not democracy - we deserve a better Europe than this."
Kostadinova – Executive Director, Institute for Market Economics, Bulgaria
"Like most Europeans, Bulgarians were denied the opportunity to
have a referendum, and the Lisbon Treaty was voted on in Parliament after 20 minutes
of discussion. This is unacceptable.”
Oliver Knipping - President of the Institute for Free Enterprise, Berlin
majority of Europe's citizens have been prevented from having a say on the Lisbon
Treaty. There is no excuse for this and politicians should not get away with it."
van Bommel - Socialist Party MP, the Netherlands
Irish ‘no’ would only be logical. The Lisbon Treaty is almost exactly the
same as the European Constitution which Dutch people have already rejected.”
Huber - Spokesperson, Mehr Demokratie (More Democracy), Germany
“Making people vote until they give the ‘right’ answer amounts
to a fake democratic process. This should not happen in Europe. The Irish have
a chance to stop it.”
- Leader of the Party of Free Citizens (SSO), Czech Republic
democratically elected governments implement their own economic and social policies
in their countries. Say no to the Lisbon Treaty which would take these democratic
powers from individual member states."
Nijeboer - Spokesman of the Dutch Referendum Platform, the Netherlands:
“The Lisbon Treaty is virtually the same as the European
Constitution. But behind closed doors, European politicians conspired to stop
citizens from having a say. They should not get away with it.”
Vaubel - Professor of Economics, Mannheim University, Germany
"The Lisbon Treaty opens the floodgates for more regulation from Brussels.
It is a threat to local autonomy, individual freedom and even democracy."
Erik Lakomaa - political consultant and CEO of Erik Lakomaa &
Company. Associate Professor at Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
“The main problem with Lisbon is that it will give the EU the right to decide
on what the EU could decide upon – without having to further consult the people.”