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McDonald cautions that an EU Constitution can only cement a two-speed Europe

9 February, 2004

Sinn Féin's EU Candidate for Dublin, Mary Lou McDonald today responded to an opinion poll in the Irish Times (09.02.04), which claimed that 47% of Irish voters were in favour of an EU Constitution, whilst 58% were against faster and closer European integration.

Ms McDonald said:

"Sinn Féin welcomes the fact that 58% of those surveyed were opposed to creating an elitist two-tier EU. We have consistently argued that the EU has become an embryonic super state.

"Ironically, support for an EU Constitution, in its present form, will cement the EU as a two-speed power bloc, where the larger countries form inner groups, leaving the smaller nations to fend for themselves.

"Sinn Féin believes that in its current form the Draft EU Constitution will lead to a further erosion of Irish national sovereignty — and place our future firmly in the hands of an elite, at the heart of Europe." ENDS.

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