Whatever the result in the Irish referendum on the proposed European Union (EU) treaty this week, the campaigners for a no vote deserve congratulations.
All the established parties in the Irish Republic back the treaty. The bosses’ Ibec organisation has spent millions campaigning for a yes vote.
The British media gives the impression that the driving forces in the no campaign are right wing Eurosceptics. In fact it has been activists from the left and the anti-war movement who have held rallies across the country and delivered leaflets to millions of homes.
At the heart of the referendum is a question of class. Working class people are aware that while the Lisbon Treaty is written so as to be incomprehensible to all but Europe’s ruling elite, it threatens Irish neutrality, workers rights’ and public services.
A no vote represents a vote for a social Europe and against the militarised and free market Europe being championed by all the EU governments, including that of Gordon Brown.