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Carthy welcomes EU Commission u-turn on Canada trade deal - Irish Government must resist provisional application

5 July, 2016

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has welcomed a major u-turn today by the European Commission on the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), when it bowed to pressure and accepted that national parliaments would have a say on the ratification of the deal.

Matt Carthy said:

“The inclusion within CETA of the controversial Investment Court Systems (ICS) presents huge constitutional ramifications for Ireland, which is why Sinn Féin has consistently opposed any ratification of a deal which is regarded as the Canadian TTIP.

“I welcome today’s news that CETA will need to be ratified by national parliaments. It proves that pressure works and I commend all those community, environmental, farming and business groups across Europe who have been campaigning against the Commission’s dangerous trade agenda.

“Parties in the Dáil will now have to nail their colours to the mast on this matter. Fianna Fáil in particular have been hiding on this important issue while Fine Gael have seen their role as propagandists for the Commission rather than representatives of the Irish people.

“As welcome as this development is, however, the suggestion by EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström that CETA should nevertheless be provisionally applied before national parliaments vote on it would make a mockery of the process and would create a further chasm between the EU institutions and the citizens of Europe.

"The Irish government and Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor must block any provisional application when the matter comes before council if they are to have any credibility on this matter."

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