British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s response to the Irish rejection of the Lisbon Treaty was to push through his own government’s ratification. For this, he received praise at a European Union meeting which had to consider the rejection.
But the process in Britain isn’t quite over. There is a lawsuit pending, because Ireland was the only EU country to put the treaty to a vote. The case in Britain argues that a referendum should also be held in Britain. A ruling is due next week.
Meanwhile, according to Radio Netherlands, ratification is also in question in the Czech Republic, whose “President Mirek Topolanek says he cannot guarantee the country’s parliament will vote for the document.” It may not be compatible with the Czech constitution.