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Barroso – No discrimination if Ireland gives second No to Lisbon

8 September, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP


European Commission President José Manuel Barroso today removed one of the main arguments of Yes campaigners by saying that there will be no discrimination against Irish people if there is a second No vote on the Lisbon Treaty.

In answer to a question from Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún in Brussels today as to whether the Commission will treat Ireland differently to other EU member states if Irish people again reject the Lisbon Treaty on 2 October, President Barroso said: “There will be no discrimination against Irish people if there is a No vote. You will not hear from me any threat to Ireland.”

Speaking after the meeting, MEP Bairbre de Brún said that “the Yes campaign should now stop scare-mongering about a No vote affecting Ireland's status and influence in the EU. Ireland's place in the EU is secure”. ENDS

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