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Crowley claims on changes to voting strength are “absurd” – Ferris

21 September, 2009 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin TD for North Kerry Martin Ferris has described as “absurd” MEP Brian Crowley’s claim that the Lisbon Treaty will not affect Ireland's voting strength at the Council of Ministers.

Mr Ferris said:

“Brian Crowley's claims that ‘Ireland is on equal footing with other member states in terms of voting’ and that ‘claims about a decrease in voting strength are false’ are quite frankly absurd.

“If ratified the Lisbon Treaty would reduce Ireland's voting strength by more than 50% to 0.8%, while that of larger states such as Germany and Britain would increase by more than 50% to 17% and 12% respectively.

“Brian Crowley’s claim that Ireland is on an equal footing at the Council of Ministers is absolutely false. Since the introduction of Qualified Majority Voting smaller states have been denied equality of representation at the Council, despite the fact that this body is where the 27 member states are meant to meet as equals.

“The Lisbon Treaty changes to the QMV rules contained in Article 9C further deepen the existing inequality by reducing the voting strength of smaller member states while significantly increasing the voting strength of the larger states. Brian Crowley's claim is so absurd one has to wonder if he has even read the relevant articles of the Lisbon Treaty.” ENDS

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