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Carthy urges Irish MEPs to refer CETA deal to European Court of Justice

22 November, 2016 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has today urged all Irish MEPs to support a 'Motion for Resolution', which he has co-signed, in the European Parliament tomorrow, which calls for the EU-Canada Trade deal (CETA) to be referred to the European Court of Justice.

Speaking today Carthy said:

“The new generation of trade deals - of which CETA is the first to come before the European Parliament - have raised serious legal issues in Ireland and at an EU level.

"Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have so far wilfully ignored the grave ramifications for the Irish Constitution of the establishment of an Investment Court within CETA and the US-EU trade deal TTIP.

"This week the European Parliament will vote on the implications on EU law.

“A Motion for Resolution, which I have co-signed with 88 other MEPs, will put to the European Parliament tomorrow, Wednesday.

"This calls for EP President Martin Schulz to take the necessary measures to obtain an opinion from the European Court of Justice on whether CETA is compatible with EU Treaties.

“Fine Gael have supported the idea of keeping the public in the dark throughout the secret CETA negotiations.

"Now, Fine Gael’s European political grouping, the EPP, and Fianna Fáil's ALDE are seeking to stamp out any formal political debate on CETA in the European Parliament.

“Last month Fine Gael & Fianna Fáil's groups voted against allowing the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, of which I am a member, to give a formal Opinion on CETA. They repeated this position in several other committees.

"In light of the European Commission’s subsequently released findings which predict steep drops in beef prices because of CETA, we can already see how damaging that vote was.

"This week the same groups are blocking the International Trade Committee, the Environment Committee and the Employment and Social Affairs Committee from giving opinions.

“They have called for the entire voting process to be sped up by two weeks to allow as little debate as possible.

“The vote on referring the Agreement to the Court of Justice will take place without any formal debate rendering the role of the European Parliament as a mere rubber stamp procedure.

"This is an insult to the millions of people all over Europe who have campaigned tirelessly against the dangerous elements of these trade deals for our citizens, our public services, our farmers, our environment and our sovereignty.

"Irish MEPs should demand that their groups vote in favour of the resolution."


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