The Lisbon Treaty is a bad deal for Ireland - de Brún MLA
Responding to the SDLPs announcement that they intend to support the Lisbon Treaty vote in Westminster tonight Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brun has said that she "is not surprised by the SDLP's willingness to uncritically accept the Lisbon Treaty".
The MEP said:
"I am not surprised by Mark Durkan's uncritical acceptance of the Lisbon Treaty. Despite the fact that it is clearly a bad deal for Ireland and the rest of the EU, the SDLP is willing to accept its implications. That the SDLP is using the Treaty to attack Sinn Fein rather than debate the issues is an indication of their unwillingness to debate the content of the Treaty.
"The Lisbon Treaty is not a reforming document. It will not promote greater democracy or efficiency within the EU. Rather it will further concentrate power to the detriment of local and national democracy. It significantly accelerates the militarisation of the EU and advances a right wing economic agenda based on liberalisation, deregulation and privatisation.
"Contrary to Mark Durkan's claims, there is nothing in the Treaty that will secure or promote jobs, or develop tourism. It will also undermine the EU's stated commitment to tackling global poverty and inequality.
"Sinn Féin believes the need for Ireland to have its place at the EU table is obvious. However our international relationship is not so brittle that we must always act as yes-men. The French and Dutch rejected the Treaty's much-maligned predecessor, the EU Constitution, and the EU institutions did not collapse into crisis.
"Saying No to the Lisbon Treaty would provide Ireland and all other EU member states with an opportunity to get back round the table and negotiate a new Treaty, one that promotes democracy, peace, public services and international trade justice." Críoch