Giving Away England By The Euro
Gordon Brown will call for Europe to show "global leadership"
Gordon Brown will fly into Lisbon later after attending a Commons committee hearing. The signing of the treaty, which replaces the EU Constitution rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005, paves the way for its ratification by MPs in a House of Commons vote next year.
Mr Brown has sparked charges of cowardice because he will not be photographed singing the treaty's dotted line with other EU leaders.
He has dismissed the “fuss” over his late arrival and denied that it made him look “marginal” or was designed to avoid bad publicity.
He has vowed that the treaty should see the end of the EU's preoccupation will “semi-constitutions” and a new on “global leadership”.
Last night Portuguese diplomats did not know of any special arrangements for the Prime Minister to be photographed signing the treaty after a lunch of EU leaders.
"Nothing is programmed for the press, at the moment nothing, the cameras will be gone,” said an official.
Mr Brown is expected to miss a lunch of EU leaders, being held in Portugal's national coach museum, amid carriages once owned by Europe's 18th century monarchs and emperors. Officials expect him to arrive during coffee.
Any treaty signing photo shoot, will have to be organised separately, at the discretion of Portuguese prime minister José Socrates.
"What will other EU leaders think of a Prime Minister who dithers for a week about whether he dares be photographed putting pen to paper?” asked the shadow foreign secretary, William Hague.
Environmentalists have criticised EU leaders for contributing to global warming by hold two meetings – one in Lisbon today and the other in Brussels tomorrow.
The combined flights - 48,000 miles - of leaders and their diplomatic entourages will add 135 tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere at a time when the EU is lecturing other nations at a climate change summit in Bali.
Like the shelved Constitution the new treaty creates a permanent EU President, a “Foreign Minister” known as a High Representative for foreign affairs, scraps 55 national vetoes and a new legal authority for the EU, allowing it to sign international treaties.
Labour members of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee told Mr Miliband they faced a “dilemma” explaining to voters why no referendum would be held, given that Labour promised them a vote on the constitution in its 2005 manifesto.
Well they did the dirty deed, as of 13:00 GMT I am within my own persona no longer part of any state, I owe no allegience to the UK government what is left of it of course, but most of all I do not recognise this new anti-democratic state effectively created today, I do not owe any allegience or respect to this state, I absolutely reject it, I do not accept its authority over me at all.