October 3, 2009
25 down, two to go. With the Irish referendum behind us, the focus is now on Poland and the Czech Republic. Polish President Lech Kaczy?ski will presumably honour his commitment to sign the ratification instrument if the Irish vote in favour. That leaves the irrepressible Czech President, Vaclav Klaus.
I know nothing about Czech constitutional law, but it seems strange that the President can indefinitely block the parliamentary will. It would also be outrageous that one man, from a country making up 2% of the EU population, can thwart the other 26 Member States.
I can’t help feeling, however, that the Czech Constitutional Court may give him an excuse, if it follows the lines of the German Constitutional Court’s judgment. Czech domestic politics could then delay the adoption of the necessary legislation and the process could take us past the next UK general election.
Let’s hope that the real Santa Claus delivers the right Christmas present!Author : Stanley Crossick