Referendum essential on bad EU deal— Adams
In a statement issued this evening (Sunday) Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:
“The deal struck by 26 EU leaders last Friday in Brussels will not solve the Eurozone crisis. It will make matters worse. It is bad economics and bad politics.
“There is still time for the Irish Government to reconsider its support for the deal and work with other EU member states to secure a real solution to the Eurozone crisis.
“But if Labour and Fine Gael insist on sticking to this bad deal then the people must have their say. The constitutional, political and economic long term implications of this agreement are such that a referendum is essential.
“Fine Gael and Labour should not have signed it. They must urgently return to their EU counterparts, reopen negotiations and secure a real solution to the Eurozone crisis, based on investment in jobs, debt restructuring and real democracy.
“In any case the government must call a referendum and allow the people pass judgment. This should not be decided on a legal premise or indeed for political reasons. It is a more fundamental question than that. It is a matter of democracy and the rights of citizens.”