Ireland yesterday voted down the Lisbon Treaty, which would have further centralized Europe. It lost by a vote of 54% to 46%. See a news report and voting results.
The Lisbon Treaty was a repackaged version of the European Constitution, which was shot down in referendums in France and the Netherlands in 2004.
The "treaty" had been passed by legislatures in many European countries. But Ireland's Constitution allowed for a popular vote.
The European Union is an effort to merge the nations of Europe into a single supernational government. It has proceeded in stages over the past sixty years. It has mostly proceeded by stealth. It began with a supposed "free trade" agreement that created the European Coal and Steel Community. But the goal has always been a supernational government.
This has always been a project of the elites, not the people. The political class is imposing this on the people of Europe. On the rare occasions when various nations have had the chance to vote on various EU treaties, they have usually voted no.
The EU is essentially undemocratic. It is mostly controlled by unelected bureaucrats and judges. They impose their will on the nations of Europe by dictating what laws countries must pass.
Thankfully, Ireland said no.
The book The Great Deception is a good resource for more information on the EU.