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Sinn Féin condemns EU treaty change "by the back door"

12 January, 2012 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn


Sinn Féin has condemned what it described as "EU treaty change by the back door". Commenting on reports about the latest draft of the austerity treaty which EU leaders are negotiating behind closed doors, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, TD said:

"We are very concerned that the EU treaties are being changed by the back door. Not content with a new international agreement which Euro area leaders agreed in December, they have decided to tear up the rule-book and change the EU treaties behind our backs and with no public engagement or consultation.

"If these people want to change the EU treaties there are clear procedures laid out in the Lisbon Treaty which they can use. The ordinary treaty revision procedure which applies when sovereignty is being transferred from member states to the EU institutions, necessitates the establishment of a treaty change convention, made up of member state parliamentarians, European parliamentarians with member state government and European Commission representatives to ensure an open and transparent approach.

“It is clear these negotiations are anything but open and transparent.

"We are calling on Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore to put an immediate stop to this treaty change by stealth."

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