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Future of the EU needs to be decided by the people – Boylan

17 May, 2017 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Speaking this afternoon, Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has said that the future of the EU and any developments or treaty changes must be decided by all countries and their citizens, not just by Germany and France.

MEP Boylan said:

“There have been a lot of statements issued and a great amount of media coverage of the calls for EU reform and possible treaty change stemming from comments made by newly-elected French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel.

“It is reported that both leaders have agreed to draw up a roadmap for deeper integration of the EU.

“The comments and actions of both leaders is in itself an indication of many of the problems that exist in the EU. Germany and France do not control the EU; they are not custodians of the Union, they are equal partners in the same way all countries are equal partners. The EU does refer to itself as the ‘union of equal’ after all.

“Any attempts by Germany and France to do a bilateral deal on the future of Europe which they will then dictate other countries cannot be accepted.

“Doubtless, there is a need for reform of the EU, but that reform should only follow after a wide-ranging civic debate with citizens in the Member States on what the EU means to them, what they see as its successes and failures, and the future direction they wish the EU to take.

“Now is not a time for a Franco-German diktat on the direction they wish for the EU; rather, it is time for open, critical, civic debate with all Member States and citizens across the EU about their visions for the future of the union.” 

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