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Kenny showing lack of understanding on Lisbon - Ferris

16 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson Martin Ferris TD has said Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny is wrong when he says Ireland will be better able to deal with the consequences of the conclusion of the WTO if Lisbon is passed.

Deputy Ferris said he is amazed at Enda kenny's lack of understanding of the Treaty.

He said, "Article 188 of the Treaty replaces unanimity decision making on the Council of Ministers, the body that mandates the Commission on its WTO negotiations, with qualified majority voting (QMV) on trade decisions. This unquestionably removes Ireland's ability to veto decisions not in its interest.

"I am amazed at Enda Kenny's lack of understanding of the Treaty and at how any Irish political leader could encourage the Irish people to vote away their veto on such important issues.

"There is extreme concern at the proposals coming from the WTO. Enda Kenny has called on the Government to use its veto if the proposals are not in Ireland's interest yet this is the very veto that will be lost if Lisbon is passed.

"There is also a big possibility that the WTO negotiations will not be complete ahead of the referendum date as Dick Roche admitted in the Seanad last week. If this is the case and the Lisbon Treaty is passed we will not be in a position to veto these proposals if they are not in our interest." ENDS

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