The last man resisting the European Union’s Lisbon treaty indicated yesterday that he was ready to relent, admitting that he could not stall long enough to give David Cameron the chance to call a British referendum.I’ve been told this morning Klaus actually isn't "the last man resisting"; there is a semi-autonomous region of a normally pretty EU-phile country still holding out against the Eurocrats and refusing to sign it off. Which means that their central government,amongst the first to sign off Lisbon, shouldn't have done so on behalf of the whole nation. True to form, the Brussels hierarchy are treating it as an internal national matter rather than querying the constitutional validity of the original "yes" descision
Vaclav Klaus, 66, the Eurosceptic President of the Czech Republic, said that while he was personally against the treaty, it had become like an unstoppable train after being ratified in all 26 other EU countries.
The President confirmed that Mr Cameron had suggested to him that he hold out until the next British election because, if the Conservatives won, they would put the treaty to a referendum with the intention of sinking it.
Anyone know the name of the region in question?
Couple of clues; as I said before, it is part of a nation which (although one of its close neighbours did once give Brussels a bloody nose on another matter) is one of the more positive EU members. The region in question isn't one of the usual separatist awkward crew. Finally, the region's problem isn't with Lisbon per se, more the dissatisfaction has arisen from purely local issues such as fishing rights.