The Treaty of Nice was rejected in a democratic referendum by the Irish people. Instead of accepting the people's decision the political elite have attempted to subvert that decision. PANA believes the Irish people are sovereign, as stated in our Constitution:
'The Irish nation hereby affirms its inalienable, indefeasible, and sovereign right to choose its own form of Government, to determine its relations with other nations, and to develop its life, political, economic and cultural, in accordance with its own genius and traditions.' Article 1, Constitution of Ireland.
The Irish political elite now intend to place exactly the same Treaty, with a meaningless declaration on neutrality attached, before the people again. Clearly, they no longer accept the sovereign will of the people. Their only loyalty is to a Federal EU state, an emerging European Empire.
PANA believes in a democratic Europe. A Europe of Independent, Democratic States, Legal Equals with no military dimension whatsoever. We demand a new Treaty that will include a Protocol, similar to that already achieved by the Danish people, that would exclude Ireland from paying for, or involvement with, the European Army known as the EU Rapid Reaction Force.
- Irish Independence
The Peace & Neutrality Alliance was established to advocate an independent Irish foreign policy, maintain Irish neutrality and promote a transformed United Nations as the organisation through which Ireland should pursue its security concerns.
PANA therefore opposed the Amsterdam Treaty, Irish membership of Nato's Partnership for Peace, and the Nice Treaty.
The Irish political elite, however, seek to abolish an independent Irish foreign policy, destroy Irish neutrality and pursue their security through the transformation of the European Union into a nuclear armed Federal European superstate - a new Empire, allied and subservient to the US, although certain of the more right wing elements in the US fear it will not be subservient enough. Ireland also joined Nato's PfP as a step towards full membership of Nato. They seek to effectively terminate Irish Army participation as a peacekeeping force in the United Nations and transform it into a regiment of the embryonic EU Army, the Rapid Reaction Force.
Irish Democracy and the Referendum on the Nice Treaty
The results of EU referendums prior to Nice show that an increasing number of the Irish people were voting No. The number voting in successive referendums against the steady transformation of a Common Market of the 1970's into a superstate has continuously increased and 38% of the Irish people voted against the Amsterdam Treaty. An MRBI poll in 1999 showed that 58% of the Irish people were against the creation of a European Army.
PANA was inspired by the defeat of the Danish political elite by the Danish people in their September 2000 referendum, for while joining the Euro was the reason for that referendum, the debate centred on the issue of Danish Democracy versus the European Empire.
The Treaty of Nice provided an opportunity for those Irish people who support Irish Democracy, National Independence and Neutrality to win.
The fear of defeat by the Irish political elite was clearly exposed by their refusal to hold a referendum on Irish membership of Nato's PfP - a sort of FAS training course for Nato membership. Despite the fact that Mr Ahern had told the Dail that it would be 'fundamentally undemocratic' to join PfP without a referendum, we joined without one.