People in the Irish Republic have seen through the EU's new Treaty/Constitution and said No, slow down, you are moving too fast and too far. But Brussels doesn't take 'No' for an answer.
Here, neither will Brown. The ROI stood up to Brussels and the Irish Referendum vote may slow things down a bit but it won't make the slightest difference in the long run.
There's bound to be some small print somewhere which says the EU can just go ahead and ratify the new Constitution/Treaty anyway.
After all, the EU can take its pick of Europe's manipulators and bureaucrats to get round this one, including our own Peter Mandelson. There too much at stake here for them to let a little matter of a referendum of the Irish people get in the way.
Brown and the other EU leaders will meet soon and do just that. It's a warning sign that the EU has got too big for its boots and is happy to trample over democracy. There's a warning from history here which all EU leaders should heed!
But at least the people of the ROI had a chance to voice their fears. Fat chance here. Any chance of a UK Referendum has been scuppered. The new Treaty/Constitution is being ratified by a mixture of New Labour skulduggery and muddled LibDem thinking.
The empty argument that people in the Republic Of Ireland (ROI) should be grateful for the benefits the EU has brought them has been exposed as condescending nonsense. Why should they be grateful? They're Members and (unlike the UK) just reaping the benefits. That doesn't mean they had to vote for a major change to the Constitution.
And, given the chance, UK voters would probably agree. People don't like all the red tape coming down from Brussels and are very wary about the speed of further expansion, moves into pan-European defence and plans for a permanent EU President.
The message is clear. Just leave things as they are for a while. Enough is enough.