Magazine
Latest Issue

Brussels diary

The EU reels after the Irish vote "no" to the Lisbon treaty. Britain worries that the vote could pave the way to a two-speed Europe. Plus, Nato's sex symbol

By Manneken Pis   July 2008

There’s no plan B

In the run-up to the rejection of the Lisbon treaty in Ireland, European leaders were fond of saying that there was no plan B in the event of a “no” vote. That was because the treaty itself was a plan B, thrown together after the European constitution was rejected by voters in France and the Netherlands in 2005. After that double rebuff, European leaders spent months sifting through the wreckage of the constitution to separate all the practical reforms from the elements that suggested a nation-building enterprise such as a European flag and anthem. Concrete changes were…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect