Monday 26 June 2017

Karen Coleman: Beware of No campaigners with agendas of their own

British MEP Nigel Farage of UKIP, which has spent around
€200,000 on anti-treaty leaflets
British MEP Nigel Farage of UKIP, which has spent around €200,000 on anti-treaty leaflets

Karen Coleman

ONE of the more sinister aspects of the fiscal treaty campaign has been the involvement of Eurosceptic MEPs who've come over here to spout their anti-EU rhetoric. Their anti-treaty crusades have little to do with what's best for Ireland but predominantly they are about the pursuit of their own anti-EU agendas.

The involvement of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) is particularly egregious. Its leader, Nigel Farage, is an English MEP who campaigned here against the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. Now he's urging us to vote No to the fiscal treaty.

A slight, dapper man, Mr Farage regularly indulges his anti-EU sentiments in the European Parliament with his cutting and frequently entertaining digs at the EU and its officials. Mr Farage and the rest of UKIP's members passionately believe Britain should leave the EU. When they sit in the European Parliament, they look like isolated little Englanders with their Union Jack flags sitting on their desks in a kind of childish defiance of European unity.

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