A handful of Eurosceptic members of the European Parliament, mostly from Britain, wore green T-shirts saying “Respect the Irish vote”. UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said in the assembly: “President, nobody else has said it, but I will: well done the Irish! The ratifications should stop now.”
Yet Socialist leader Martin Schulz spoke passionately in Europe’s favour. “Don’t be drowned out by that lot,” he said. Schulz also lambasted Irish European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy. He laid into the man’s boss, Jose Manuel Baroso, who was taking part in a debate with MEPs.
Schulz shouted: “This man, responsible for the Internal Market in your commission, tells the people, ‘I haven’t read the Lisbon Treaty. It’s not really necessary!’ How can you build confidence with that sort of behaviour?!”
Schulz continued, suggesting that Council ministers might be less free to blame EU ‘disasters’ on Brussels if their debates were not held behind closed doors.