As I understand it, the UK is getting an extra MEP. I think the new MEPs do not have to be elected; they can be appointed by the government.
Let’s not forget, the Lisbon Treaty is a self amending treaty and even if this was a change to the treaty it would not necessarily require a referendum in any country (including Ireland).
Has there ever been a legal challenge in the UK such as the Crotty case
in Ireland that called for a mandatory referendum on the handover of sovereignty to the EU? If not, why not?
If I cared enough about the extra MEP, I would find out for sure ... as far as I'm aware, they've been elected, they are already on the payroll as shadows and all this does is "activate" them. But then, who gives a damn anyway.
As for the "self-amending treaty" gubbins, up to a point, Lord Copper. There is an awful lot of guff being talked about this, mainly by people who should know better. The scope is limited, and changes still require ratification ...http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2007/0 ... power.html
I do wish people would take the time out actually to work out what is going on here, instead of indulging in idle polemnics. The main effect of the passerelle is to by-pass the IGC and put the power in the hands of the European Council which, as readers of this blog will know, is an institution of the EU and bound by its aims and objectives.
Further, although even I jump up and down about soveriegnty, the fact is that the sovereignty still remains with the fuckwits in parliament who would vote down the ECA is they got organised ... not that they will.