Firstly, the "stumbling block" is not all it's made out to be. That which is in the treaty concerning the accession of the new member states doesn't have to be in there - the treaty failing won't stop the new members from joining.
Secondly, it's the same treaty we voted on before. Imagine for a moment a small child coming up to you and asking for a biscuit, and you say no. Five minutes later, they ask you again. This is essentially what's happening here. Asides from some meaningless constitutional amendment that's being bunged in on neutrality, it's the same treaty!
Thirdly, the treaty puts too much power in the hands of the Commission. Personally, I feel it has too much power as it stands, that it should be disbanded and have its powers tranferred to the parliament, but that's just me.
Fourthly, if you want to blame anybody, blame the idiots in Fianna Fail who were voted into power. It was those idiots who gave the go-ahead to the other member states to ratify the treaty themselves after the first referendum defeat. Had that not happened, we wouldn't be in this position.
I could write more on the topic, much more, but I'll leave it at that for now.
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