Will the Minister accept that the consequence of that Government decision is to delay the implementation of a number of measures that should be put into effect? Our time is short as it is likely that this House will not be meeting beyond the end of next month. There will be an election, then the formation of a new Government followed by the summer recess. There is a lengthy period required for the referendum process from the point of view of the legislation. There will be no time for new legislation to amend the Defence Act and the putting in place of measures to reform the way we deal with EU measures in this House and in the committees of the Oireachtas.
Should we not agree this plan of action and put it into effect so when we go back to the people we can say we have learnt from the Nice treaty process, have changed our procedures and are in a position to submit to them the treaty in a different package? Is the Minister not losing the opportunity to put that into effect because of continuing delay?