Polish President Refuses To Sign EU Treaty

AFP/Channelnewsasia
01.07.2008

WARSAW (AFP) — Polish President Lech Kaczynski announced in an interview published Tuesday that he will not sign the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, saying it was pointless after Irish voters rejected it in a referendum last month.

“For the moment, the question of the treaty is pointless,” Kaczynski was quoted as saying in the online version of the daily Dziennik.

The Polish parliament voted in April to ratify the Lisbon Treaty, a key reform treaty meant to streamline EU decision-making, but it needs the signature of the president to become definitive.

Irish voters rejected the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum held on June 12,[…]

The French EU presidency’s “first priority is to find a way to contain the problem to the Irish,” Sarkozy said in television interview on Monday, adding that EU countries must continue ratifying the key charter.

The Czech Republic will also likely pose a problem for Sarkozy with many lawmakers in the centre-right ruling coalition cool the treaty,[…]

“It is difficult to say how all this will end. But on the other hand, to say that without the treaty there won’t be a Union is not serious,” said Kaczynski.

He noted the same argument was made by proponents of the EU constitution after French and Dutch voters rejected it in 2005.

“The Union nevertheless functioned, it is functioning and will continue to function,” said the Polish president.

Kaczynski warned EU leaders against trying to isolate or pressure Ireland.

“If one breaks the rule of unanimity one time, it will never exist again. We’re not strong enough for this type of solution,” he said.

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