Senators refusing to withdraw complaint

03-10-2009

Meanwhile, the group of right-wing senators who filed the complaint against the Lisbon treaty say they are not prepared to withdraw it. Civic Democrat senator Jiri Oberfalzer told the ctk news agency that it was their constitutional right to take the treaty to court and that the Irish vote had nothing to do with that decision. Withdrawing the complaint would have enabled the president to sign the treaty without further delay. Advocates of the treaty accuse the senators of conspiring with the president to delay its ratification for as long as possible, with a view of holding out in the hope of a Conservative victory in the UK’s spring elections and a referendum on the treaty in Great Britain.