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French 'NON' will be repeated in states across the European Union

29 May, 2005


Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald this evening congratulated the French people on their success in having the EU Constitution rejected. She said 'I have no doubt that the French 'NON' will be repeated by states across the European Union. Ms. McDonald said:

"I want to congratulate the people of France on their success in having the EU Constitution rejected. Over the last month there has been a very intense debate in France, the people have now spoken and their wishes must be respected. I have no doubt that the French 'NON' will give huge heart to all those who are opposed to the EU Constitution and the French success will be repeated in states across the European Union.

"It is quite clear from the French experience that this debate is not between pro and anti Europeans or whether you support or reject the European Union. This debate is about the future. It is a debate between those who want to see more powers taken away from national parliaments and given to unaccountable officials and those who want an EU where all members states are treated equally and co-operate in the interests of all. It is a debate between those who want to transform the EU into a global superpower with its own Foreign Minister, army and armaments agency and those who want an EU where member states use our influence not to fight the resource wars of the 21st century but to promote peace, resolve conflict and eradicate poverty. It is a debate between those who want to place right wing economic policies in a constitution and those who want to see their governments able to promote job creation, deliver public services and trade fairly.

"Sinn Féin is totally opposed to the proposed EU Constitution. We want to see it comprehensively rejected and are already leading a major campaign to bring this about. But I would challenge the Irish government , given the French rejection of the Constitution, to tell us exactly what we will be voting for if this is put to the people in the Autumn. The proposed constitution requires unanimous support to be adopted. This has not happened."ENDS

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