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UK 'backs Blair for EU president'

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8152099.stm

Tony Blair will be the UK's official candidate for EU president, Baroness Kinnock has apparently confirmed.

The post will only be created if the Lisbon Treaty is ratified by all EU states - Ireland is to hold a second referendum in October.

There has long been speculation that the former PM would go for the post but he has not confirmed he will do so.

It is the first time a UK government minister has publicly announced Tony Blair is a candidate for the job.

Previously, ministers have said it was premature to talk of supporting any particular candidate when the job itself did not exist.

'Strength of character'

But at a briefing in Strasbourg, Europe Minister Lady Kinnock said: "The UK government is supporting Tony Blair's candidature for president of the Council [of EU governments]."

Asked if it had been discussed with Mr Blair, currently a Middle East envoy, she said: "It is the government's position. I am sure they would not do that without asking him."

Lady Kinnock went on to say Mr Blair had the "strength of character" and "status" to take on the job.

She added: "People know who he is, and he could step into this new role with a lot of respect and he would be generally welcomed."

But there have been reports that Mr Blair's role in the Iraq war and Britain's failure to join the euro, could go against him.

Mr Blair's spokesman said later: "As we have said, time and again on this, there is nothing to be a candidate for since the job doesn't actually exist."

Ireland was the only EU member state to hold a public vote on the treaty, which must be ratified by all 27 countries. The treaty was rejected in that referendum last June. It will hold a second referendum in the autumn.

The precise role of the EU president has not been laid out. The Swedish government, which currently holds the six-month EU presidency, has suggested drawing up a proper job description before seeing which available political figure fits it best.

Campaign group Open Europe said the EU should stick with the rotating presidency which allows the current national leaders - who have a democratic mandate - to set the EU's agenda on a six-monthly basis.

Director Lorraine Mullally said: "Tony Blair may well be a respected politician around the world, but he is also yesterday's news.

"The problem with creating a post of EU president is that it would inevitably go to an ex-leader who has lost the support of his or her own electorate."

Since leaving Downing Street in 2007, Mr Blair has been appointed Middle East peace envoy and launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which aims to foster better relations between world religions.

Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse.

The post will only be created if the Lisbon Treaty is ratified by all EU states - Ireland is to hold a second referendum in October.

Who would have thought Ireland would hold such a crucial position in our fate.
 
Kinnock and Bliar, what a team!!
Its enough to make a Bishop burn his bible and go bagging off.
It would be great if the Irish said no to the treaty, but even if they did, no doubt they would have to endure another one, until the EU got the result it wants.
Aint democracy loverly!!!
 

Bergen

ADC
From a RR thread last month:-

Anthony Charles Lytton Bliar sees a pretty simple scenario:-

He has Sarkozy and Berlusconi supporting him for the post of President of the EU.

Eire is being forced to the polls again in the hope that the Irish will vote for the Treaty of Lisbon which they voted against last year. [ Standard EU modus operandi - we will keep you voting until you give us the decision we want].

Keep away from bad publicity [like war-crime charges]



How strange that it might be a combination of the Irish, a public Iraq War enquiry and Vaclav Klaus that finally stops Bliar in his tracks.


Not unsurprising that Mr. & Mrs. Kinnochio suddenly got in on the act and you can rest assured that any war-crime enquiry that implicates The Bliar will be stalled until after he is EU President and then quietly forgotten.

RM
 

Troglodyte

Lantern Swinger
Make no mistake, the Irish will vote YES, if only in order to well and truly shaft us Brits for all our real or imagined sins against them in the past. Goodbye Britain, hello Euro off shore dependancy
 

Sparrowhawk01

Lantern Swinger
Troglodyte said:
Make no mistake, the Irish will vote YES, if only in order to well and truly shaft us Brits for all our real or imagined sins against them in the past. Goodbye Britain, hello Euro off shore dependancy

At least they got a referendum, well 2 infact. What do we get. BROWN. :x
 
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