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EU Reform Treaty undermines citizens of EU member states interests

16 October, 2007

Speaking during these evenings Dáil debate on the EU Reform Treaty Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said that despite some slight textual changes the substance of the draft Treaty text so far remains the same as it’s much maligned predecessor the EU Constitution.


Speaking from the chamber Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:


“Later this week leaders from across the European Union will meet to discuss an issue of huge importance to this country.  However, the vast majority of Irish people are probably not even aware this group of European leaders are meeting or what they are discussing.


“It is not acceptable that there is such a brief opportunity to discuss the EU Treaty.  Last week on Primetime Brian Lenihan said that Irish people would not tolerate any further diminution of this state’s sovereignty.  But that is exactly what his government is rushing to sign up to at the Inter Governmental Conference in Lisbon later this week. 


“There needs to be much greater public debate of these issues, there needs to be far greater scrutiny of the EU and the government need to be held to account and not dragged along on the coat tails of European federalists.


“Sinn Fein is for close co-operation among European states and for modern, accountable and democratic institutions.  We approach each issue and Treaty on the basis of whether they are in Ireland’s interest. Our decision to support or reject, to say yes or to say no is based on what we believe to be in the country’s best interest.


“Sinn Fein has a number of serious concerns with the draft text as it contains severe flaws which are deeply against the interests of the people of Ireland and the EU as a whole.


“Like its predecessor the draft Reform Treaty will only serve to deepen the democratic deficit between citizens of member states and decision making centres of the European Union. More powers will be transferred from the national to the federal level. More decisions will be taken by a voting weighted towards larger member states.


“Worryingly the draft text significantly accelerates the creation of a common Foreign and Security Policy which has significant consequences for the country’s neutrality, contribution to EU military budgets and our involvement in military interventions taken by the EU or groups of states in the future.


“Sinn Féin is not opposed to the idea of a new Treaty of which the aim is to adjust to the realities of enlargement. However we cannot support a Treaty that actively undermines the interests of Irish people, the European Union and the wider world.” CRíOCH


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