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TTIP proposal requires referendum – Carthy

27 May, 2016 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has called on the Irish Government to oppose the European Commission's proposal for a Permanent Investment Court, saying it breaches the Irish Constitution and requires a referendum.

Speaking in Dublin today prior to hosting a round table briefing on TTIP with trade unions, farmers’ organisations, and other interest groups, Matt Carthy said:

“There is a rising tide of opposition - right across the EU - to TTIP, particularly in light of the recent leaking of documents which highlight the very grave dangers inherent in this deal.

“Regrettably, the Irish Government has failed to stand up for Ireland’s interests and are shamefully behaving as mere PR agents for the EU Commission on this issue.

“TTIP will have severe and far-reaching consequences for Ireland in the areas of food standards, public health, workers’ rights, small business and farming.

“Despite this, public and political understanding here of what is at stake remains incredibly low.

“Negotiations around TTIP are shrouded in in secrecy and a lack of democratic accountability and that’s how the Irish Government likes it.

“The truth is that the TTIP proposal for an ‘Investor Court’ leaves the Irish State open to previously unimagined liabilities.

“It would severely limit the ability of our Government to legislate when it comes to public services.

“This has enormous implications for the Irish Constitution.

“The legal opinion I have received confirms that if the EU Commission continues with this proposal, it would require a referendum in Ireland.

“The Government needs urgently to change its position on this issue.

“The Taoiseach and his Ministers must oppose the proposal for a Permanent Investment Court.

“The Government also needs to accept that if the EU proceeds with this idea, it must be put to the Irish people in a referendum.” 

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