Sinn Féin MEP to address Paris meeting hosted by Committee for a Referendum
Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald will tomorrow address a gathering of thousands of activists in Paris at the invitation of the 'Committee for a Referendum'. (Editors, see note below for more details on the background to the event).
Speaking ahead of tomorrow's event the Dublin MEP said:
"Naturally it is for each member state to decide for themselves the process by which deal with the Lisbon Treaty. However taking into account the French peoples rejection of the Lisbon Treaty maligned predecessor, the EU Constitution, no one could disagree with the anger felt at their government's refusal to hold a new referendum on the Treaty.
"To have essentially the very same document presented to the country again but refuse the people a right to have their say is a perverse ask for any parliamentary institution of its people.
"It is in the common interest of all member states to uphold the democratic right of citizens to have their say on the future direction of Europe. Significant changes in the EU should have the democratic sanction of its people. It is in the spirit of this principle that Sinn Féin supports the French call for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
"Sinn Féin believes the need for all member states to have their place at the EU table is obvious. However far too often our opponents chastise when we dare to challenge decisions made by the EU that are not in any member states interests. The Lisbon Treaty is a bad deal. I believe we, the ordinary people of Europe and the wider world deserve better."
Note to Editor:
The 'Committee for a Referendum' are hosting tomorrows meeting in advance of the French parliament meeting in Versailles on Monday, February 4th. If 2/5 of the parliament vote against adopting the Treaty then the government will be obliged to put the Treaty to a referendum. In a recent Humanite Dimanche opinion poll 54% of French were in favour of a referendum (54.6%) voted against EU Constitution in 2005.