Business in Europe
Leaders of the twenty-seven Member states in Lisbon signed the Treaty of Lisbon on 13 December 2007 (National Forum on Europe 2009). Last June 28, 2008, a referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon was held. The only country that put the Treaty to a referendum is the country of Ireland. Other Members of the EU have chosen to ratify through their respective parliaments (National Forum on Europe 2009). European Union’s way of governing and operation will change the moment the Lisbon Treaty enters into force. It will affect the voters, the voters who have an important role in deciding on this important issue. If these voters do not seek information about the Lisbon Treaty and do not exercise their right to vote, other people might make the decision for them (The Lisbon Treaty 2008). The Ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon will influence not only a single entity but also major aspects of Ireland. Some of these aspects are the following: the business Sector, militarism, democracy, conditional rights, trade, justice and etc. but this paper will focus only on the question of whether the “liberalization” objective of the Treaty of Lisbon is beneficial to the EU members particularly to Ireland.Ireland is the only country that has the power to stop it through the process of referendum. This treaty is considered tyrannical as it seems to end the democracy of the participating nations, particularly of Ireland. This might be the biggest threat for Ireland since the time that it was able to obtain its independence and the defeat of this threat lies in the hands of its half a billion people. The major problem first seen in trying to take the Lisbon Treaty into effect is the effort of the European legislators to make the treaty unreadable as possible, making it hard or even possible to read the most important new provisions and the modification to the previously approved constitution. In this way, its framers will be able to pass it and avoid thorough perusal of the participating nations/members. According to various sources, the treaty contains a provision that would restore the death penalty and dominate national decision making on critical issues (Congress Check 2008).