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The Lisbon Treaty is a bad deal for Rural Ireland

11 March, 2008


Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Martin Ferris TD will tonight take part in a public debate in Tralee on the Lisbon Treaty with Fine Gael's Alan Dukes.

Speaking ahead of the debate Deputy Ferris said:

"Sinn Féin has produced a leaflet which outlines five key reasons why the Lisbon Treaty is a bad deal for Farming and Rural Ireland. Activists and party representatives are already going door to door outlining to rural communities why the Lisbon Treaty is a bad deal.

"EU Agriculture policy has been bad for family farms. EU policy has led to the closure of the Sugar Beet Industry. It is actively undermining the provision of vital services to rural communities including post offices. EU policy has become synonymous with red tape and bureaucracy and rural Ireland is feeling the symptoms of that.

"Farmers need to be aware that passing the Lisbon Tre

Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Martin Ferris TD will tonight take part in a public debate in Tralee on the Lisbon Treaty with Fine Gael's Alan Dukes.

Speaking ahead of the debate Deputy Ferris said:

"Sinn Féin has produced a leaflet which outlines five key reasons why the Lisbon Treaty is a bad deal for Farming and Rural Ireland. Activists and party representatives are already going door to door outlining to rural communities why the Lisbon Treaty is a bad deal.

"EU Agriculture policy has been bad for family farms. EU policy has led to the closure of the Sugar Beet Industry. It is actively undermining the provision of vital services to rural communities including post offices. EU policy has become synonymous with red tape and bureaucracy and rural Ireland is feeling the symptoms of that.

"Farmers need to be aware that passing the Lisbon Treaty will strengthen EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson's hand as he attempts to dilute trade barriers. In fact it will copperfasten such policies allowing Mandelson to negotiate the future of the Irish beef industry with no recourse for Irish farmers.

"Article 2 of the Lisbon Treaty gives the European Commission 'exclusive competence' over international trade agreements. Article 10 of the Treaty makes 'the progressive abolition of restrictions on international trade' a key aim of the EU. Article 188 states that decisions on international trade will be taken by qualified majority vote.

"Under the terms of the Treaty Ireland will not have a Commissioner for five out of every fifteen years. This means when critical agricultural matters are being discussed, such as international trade agreements or reform of the Common Agricultural Policy Ireland may not even have a voice at the Commission table.

aty will strengthen EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson's hand as he attempts to dilute trade barriers. In fact it will copperfasten such policies allowing Mandelson to negotiate the future of the Irish beef industry with no recourse for Irish farmers.

"Article 2 of the Lisbon Treaty gives the European Commission 'exclusive competence' over international trade agreements. Article 10 of the Treaty makes 'the progressive abolition of restrictions on international trade' a key aim of the EU. Article 188 states that decisions on international trade will be taken by qualified majority vote.

"Under the terms of the Treaty Ireland will not have a Commissioner for five out of every fifteen years. This means when critical agricultural matters are being discussed, such as international trade agreements or reform of the Common Agricultural Policy Ireland may not even have a voice at the Commission table.

"In addition Ireland's voting strength on the Council of Minister's will be reduced by over 50%. In comparison Germany, France, Britain and Italy will each nearly double their own voting strength. It is incomprehensible that Irish people are being asked to vote for such a reduction in our voting strength on the council of Ministers - the highest decision making body of the European Union.

"The Lisbon Treaty is a bad deal, rural Ireland deserves better." CRÍOCH

"In addition Ireland's voting strength on the Council of Minister's will be reduced by over 50%. In comparison Germany, France, Britain and Italy will each nearly double their own voting strength. It is incomprehensible that Irish people are being asked to vote for such a reduction in our voting strength on the council of Ministers - the highest decision making body of the European Union.

"The Lisbon Treaty is a bad deal, rural Ireland deserves better." CRÍOCH

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