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By voting NO farmers can strengthen Irelands hand in Europe

3 June, 2008

As the IFA prepares to decide its stance on the referendum Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD has this morning urged farmers to vote No to the Lisbon Treaty.

Deputy Ferris said: "The IFA has set out ten solid reasons why farmers should not support Lisbon. Not only do the current WTO proposals threaten the future of Irish farming but they also undermine the future of CAP. Something that farmers were assured was secure when they agreed to the 2003 Fischler reform.

"But most importantly for rural Ireland the Treaty means giving up our ability to veto international trade agreements not in our interest, such as the current Doha round of negotiations. Interestingly the Taoiseach made no commitment to the ICMSA that the Irish government would veto the current round of negotiations. Of course he could not because the veto is lost with Lisbon.

"The only safe option for Irish farmers, on behalf of all European farmers and all European citizens, is to vote NO on June 12th and mandate the Irish Government to go back to Brussels and renegotiate a better deal for Ireland and Europe." ENDS

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