With a firm 53% of the people voting No, the Emerald Isle has set back the unelected Eurocrats of Brussels' grand scheme to make all of Europa their personal fiefdom. The people of Ireland were unsure of what Lisbon offered them since even their new Prime Minister had blissfully stated he had never read the whole treaty. Now there is a ringing endorsement for EUnification.
Voters were even more disenchanted with a Treaty that nobody understood and that even Prime Minister Brian Cowen said he hadn't read properly.
Maybe it wasn't just because no one in Ireland understood the future implications of Lisbon, but they fully understood what has already occurred under the watch of the currently formulated EU bureaucracy.
This wretched document does nothing about EU corruption or waste, the disgrace of the Common Agricultural Policy, the ruinous fisheries policy or the embezzlement that is being covered up, as we reveal on Pages 30-31 today, in a European parliament riddled with sleaze. No wonder the Irish rebelled.
Or perhaps there were other factors that drove the average Irish citizen to vote no.
Despite reassurances, there was a real concern, too, that European judges would eventually force a secular ethos on Ireland, bringing in abortion through the backdoor.
In other words, there was a belief that the sovereignty of individual nations was being diluted by power-grabbing, unelected, unaccountable, secretive bureaucrats.
After this latest setback, what do the Eurocrats have to say? They will strive to work around the Irish no vote to more centralise Europe under the European Union banner. I get the feeling the fools in Brussels think they can make the Irish problem vanish if they offer enough bribes to Irish politicians. That did not work this time with Lisbon so its very doubtful it will work in the future. And if people like the French Foreign Minister do carry out threats of reprisal against Ireland, all it will do for the Irish is confirm what a flaming cock-up the whole EU concept is. So who knows if the EU pushes too hard, perhaps the Celtic Tiger will get so annoyed it pulls out of the EU and kicks all those European fishing trawlers out of its sovereign waters.
What the folks in Brussels and capitals across the continent should do right now is objectively assess why Lisbon, the Constitution of 2005, Maastricht, Nice I, Nice II have all encountered opposition or outright rejection. Not repackage again what has failed to pass in Ireland, France, and Holland as something to trust their lives with. Like what the US Founding Fathers in 1787 did when they met to amend the Articles of Confederation, they recognized the Articles were not working and set about creating a more perfect union. It seems they got something right since the United States is still around. Perhaps those across the Atlantic could learn something, assuming those in Brussels can look beyond their little perks. Which at this stage is assuming a lot.