10th May, 2017
Before and After Lisbon
Before the Ratification of the Lisbon Treaty (2009) the EU was an organisation created by the Maastricht Treaty (1992)
The legal status of the EU before Lisbon and the legal status of the EU after Lisbon are radically different, as shown below in the quick summary - but by keeping the name the EU, in both cases, it has successfully fooled many people that nothing changed and this was done in order to claim that Lisbon was only a Reform Treaty - which did not require a Referendum - since no Constitutional changes, that would require a Referendum, would take place. This deception by the EU and the UK (and other politicians in the member states) had monumental consequences - apart from the fact that people were conned out of their sovereignty and were excluded from any a priori scrutiny.
The Lisbon Treaty amends two existing European Treaties, the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and the Treaty Establishing the European Community (TEC) - renamed as the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). This provides for an EU supranational Constitution for the EU's member states by stealth (replacing the rejected Constitution for Europe (2004) without using the word "Constitution" - so as not to alert the member state populations)
Many of the same EU politicians, including the prime mover Angela Merkel - which our government are currently in pseudo "Brexit" negotiations with - are the very same ones who were part of the deception upon the populations of the EU member states, that has led to an EU Federal State, by the back door, using the Lisbon Treaty (2007).
There is no doubt that the EU will fight, with any and all means, to maintain the status quo - because it has taken over 50 years for the EU (1957 to 2007) to reach this pivotal point - where, now, it has too much to lose if other member states follow Britain's lead.
The longer this process is dragged out - the greater the danger the EU poses to the population of the UK.
Just as a reminder - we were not allowed a Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty (2007), as explained by our representatives:-
"If we needed a referendum we would have one. But I think most people recognise that there is not a fundamental change taking place as a result of this amended treaty." Gordon Brown The UK Prime Minister, interviewed by the BBC, 24th September 2007
"There is no constitutional change that would justify holding a referendum‟. - Peter Mandelson, Trade Commissioner, 2007
Whenever you hear people who are trying to keep you trapped in the EU - remember how happy they are to sell you out.
The above information is based upon briefing notes which were prepared to warn the population of Ireland of the dangers of voting to accept the Lisbon Treaty (2007)
EU Before and After the Ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009
European Union (EU) becomes, effectively, a Federal State (through stealth) with its own (previously rejected) Constitution through Article 1, ammended TEU
National Constitutions remain, but are subordinate to the EU's Constitution - they are no longer sovereign states
EU replaces EC, and EU laws and National Laws deal with different areas and matters
EU takes over "intergovernmental" powers over crime, justice and home affairs, as well as foreign policy and security
EU given full legal personality and independent corporate existence and acts as a State in relation to its own citizens (Art. 47, amended TEU; cf. Art.281 TEC);
The rights and duties attaching to this citizenship of the new EU are superior to those attaching to citizenship of the member states - because of the superiority of EU law over national law and Constitutions.
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European Union (EU) created in the Maastricht Treaty (1992) - The EU is not yet a "State"
National Constitutions not affected
Within the European Community (EC) - supranational law applies - in other areas Sovereign States cooperate
EU does not make laws
EU Citizenship introduced in the Maastricht Treaty (1992), but is only complementary since, at this stage the EU has no legal identity in International Law.