Yeah, because the loss of the ability to 'send the Irish in', in the event of an armed conflict was a HUGE concession, wasn't it. Also I'm guessing you missed the part where I mentioned that only 3 countries bothered to ask their people whether they wanted to ratify Maastricht. That's the issue... if they can avoid asking the question, they do. If they can't they fiddle the terms such that, ... it has been a matter of scholarly dispute as to whether or not every one of these treaties has been sufficiently far-reaching as to actually necessitate a constitutional amendment. IOW they altered something that was largely irrelevant and put in a few clauses and terms that sounded like they meant something but, in reality, probably don't. The bottom line IS, 'JUST GET IS PASSED'. There's a reason for this situation... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_deficit_in_the_European_Union The concept of a democratic deficit within the European Union is the notion that the governance of the European Union (EU) lacks democratic legitimacy. The term was initially used to criticise the transfer of legislative powers from national governments to the Council of (national government) Ministers of the EU. This led to an elected European Parliamentbeing created in 1979 and given the power to approve or reject EU legislation. Since then, usage of the term has broadened to describe newer issues facing the European Union. However voter turnout has fallen consecutively at the seven elections since the first election in 1979 and voter turnout in the 2014 election stood at 42.54% of all European voters. This is the lowest of any national election in the 27 countries of the European Union where turnout at national elections averages 68% across the EU.