The ‘no’ vote in Eire had barely been announced when Gordon Brown announced that ratification would go ahead in Parliament and the President of the EU Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, said that ratification should continue among the member states. Already the talk is of how to get around the Irish decision or, as before, to re-run the vote in Eire hoping for a ‘yes’ next time.
They, (heads of State) just don’t get it; it is just this lack of democracy in the EU that accounts for a large part of the rejection of both the Treaty and the similar proposed Constitution. The EU citizens who have been allowed to express their wish via the ballot box have said no; that is democracy, live with it, accept it and move on.
The task of a leader is to find ways to take the people where THEY wish to go and NOT to drag the people where the leaders desire to go.