Hopeless MEP Richard Corbett continues to struggle with the Irish no vote on his blog (no comments please).
Suppose the future reform of the House of Lords required the approval of every county. Suppose that all county councils agree the reform, except Herefordshire, which votes "No".
What should be done? Should reform be abandoned because one county votes against? Should Herefordshire be asked to vote again, in light of the support of every other county? Should Herefordshire's concerns be identified, if possible, and an attempt made at a compromise?
That is the situation facing European coutries, [sic] who negotiated a package of reforms to the EU, which one country has rejected, while most if not all of the others continue to support it. Reform of the EU needs approval from every single member state.
So in Corbett's vision the EU is a bit like... a single country?
National governments are going to become like... county councils?
Thanks for clearing that up. At least it's nice to know what the direction of travel is.
He's also put his finger neatly on the reason why a federal EU can never work - people just don't feel part of the same demos, and won't accept being outvoted in this way.
Once again Richard, we salute you.