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Dutch 'No' puts another nail in the coffin of EU Constitution - Mary Lou McDonald

1 June, 2005

Sinn Féin National Chairperson and MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald has tonight said that the result of the Dutch referendum puts another nail in the coffin of the EU Constitution.

Speaking tonight Ms McDonald said:

"After tonight's decision in the Netherlands, it is clear that those who are arguing that the EU Constitution project is still on track are engaged in wishful thinking. What tonight's decision by the Dutch has done is put another nail in the coffin of the EU Constitution. It has also given more momentum to the campaigns across the European Union for its rejection.

"It is now time for EU leaders to listen to the concerns that are being raised about the lack of democracy, about growing militarisation and about right wing economic policies.

"The Irish government have stated that they intend to go ahead with the referendum. Sinn Féin is already up and running in our campaign opposing the constitution. However, in light of French and Dutch rejection, it is unclear what the government will be proposing to the people. The government needs to explain the status of any future referendum put before the people." ENDS

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