It is manifestly arrant nonsense to claim that the Treaty is dead just because it isn't ratified. There are dozens of such Treaties, including UN ones and arms-control treaties that we have signed but which take years to ratify because states decide not to at any point. That does not mean they suddenly disappear.
You all seem to forget that this was an international treaty between states, not some EU green paper - or indeed a referendum question for the EU as a whole.
The treaty requires unaminous ratification by all 27 member states before it can come into force. The Irish people have instructed their government not to ratify it.
It's not that ratification is now awaiting from Ireland but has merely been temporarily delayed
, as your examples might imply. In this case ratification has actually been rejected
. The requirement for unanimity cannot therefore now be met. So the treaty cannot
come into force.
Under those circumstances, dead
seems to be an accurate summary of its status.
But if it isn't dead yet in your view, what do you think would actually be required to kill it?
Can it be killed at all?