Lisbon Difficulty for UK Euroskeptics
The successful ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland following a 67% vote in favour of the Treaty in Friday’s referendum leaves UK Euroskeptics seeking new ways to slow EU integration. The challenge will first be levelled at David Cameron and his Conservative Party which holds its annual conference this week in Manchester. Cameron’s solution will be to demand the devolution of certain social and employment policies to the Member States (or at least to the UK) and more national control over Justice and Home Affairs. News reports today suggest that a Conservative Government would be willing to hold up the accession of Croatia and Iceland (expected in the next two years) unless their demands are met.