The treaty got signed and the EU will now be overhauled because (a) the Irish were told to vote until they got it right (“getting it right,” of course, meant ratifying the treaty); and (b) Vaclav Klaus was badgered and browbeaten until he signed the treaty. And if that is not enough, British voters won’t even be allowed to signal via referendum what role they want Britain to play in the EU.
Maybe the EU will turn out better than its detractors think. But the process leading to the signing of the Lisbon Treaty has been filled with obscene amounts of political coercion. That cannot be reassuring.