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A new deal for Europe must be negotiated

19 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Dublin MEP today hosted a joint press conference with senior politicians from the Netherlands and France in Brussels. Joining the MEP were French Socialist Senator and President of Pour la Republique Sociale Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Francis Wurtz MEP and President of the GUE/NGL group in the European parliament and Dutch parliamentarian for the Socialist Party Harry Van Bommel.


Speaking at the event Ms McDonald said:


“The Lisbon Treaty is finished and ratification of the document must stop. The Irish people, alongside the French and Dutch have rejected this Treaty. There is now an obligation on EU leaders to listen to what people are saying.


“Throughout this campaign substantial concerns on issues relating to democracy, neutrality, workers rights and public services were identified by the Irish people, trade unions, development agencies and civic society groups. These issues have arisen as points of debate or opposition in all member states over the last number of years. These matters must be addressed and cannot continue to be ignored by EU leaders.


“The Irish people are not alone in our opposition to the Lisbon Treaty. The French and Dutch rejected this Treaty and millions of people across Europe denied an opportunity to voice their concern on its contents have campaigned for referendums to be held in their own countries.


“The democratic deficit between EU leaders and their people continues to widen. This is a widely accepted fact throughout the Union and must be addressed. Today’s challenge should be viewed as an opportunity to address this deficit. Sinn Féin has published a detailed submission on what a new deal for Europe should contain. These sensible achievable proposals can address the concerns raised by people throughout Europe.


“Another deal is possible.” ENDS

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