Ireland has done it. The people of Ireland voted against the Lisbon Treaty in yesterday's referendum, securing a great victory for national sovereignty throughout the continent.
It certainly comes as a relief to me, now that I know how it all turned out. Finally! And more importantly, Yippee! Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs has the story here, with also a word of thanks to John Bolton for his efforts. The man is indispensable; if only we had a hundred more like him.
With the treaty (a.k.a. the United States of Europe) defeated in the referendum, the ratification passed in the other member nations (including recently in Finland, Greece & Estonia) has become voided. And there is also the matter of how the European Union will react to this turn of events. I don't know what will happen, but I have my suspicions.
To conclude, I congratulate those who voted NO in the referendum. Congratulations for choosing to remain Irishmen first, not European. Congratulations for ensuring that individuals in Europe can remain Britons, Frenchmen, Poles, Czechs, Finns, Greeks, Danes, Dutchmen (and so on) first, not European.
Update (1:11 PM EDT): Dymphna at Gates of Vienna has a post on the defeat of the Lisbon Treaty, as well as who to thank for making the referendum possible. Congratulations again, Irishmen!