Tuesday 26 September 2017

We should renew our pledge to EU, and decide what it is that we want from the Union

Police on patrol in Rome yesterday as European leaders arrived to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the EU’s founding Treaty of Rome
Police on patrol in Rome yesterday as European leaders arrived to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the EU’s founding Treaty of Rome

Jean Claude Juncker

European integration was a project created by the people, for the people. It was a movement of a generation who came together to proclaim 'never again!' after a half-century of horrific war. With the Treaties of Rome on March 25, 1957, the EU's first six members consigned the ghost of Europe's past to the history books, leaving them as a cautionary tale for future generations never to repeat.

On the 60th anniversary of that fateful date, we are marking the birth of the European project anew. With a changing and uncertain world around us, the time has come to renew our vows, and reaffirm our commitment to a united future - in which all citizens and all member states are treated equally.

Of course, it is regrettable that, shortly after the celebration of our 60th anniversary, we will receive the divorce letter of the UK. The implications of this decision will be felt nowhere more than in Ireland. Ireland will be part of a new Europe of 27, which must act resolutely to meet the expectations of its citizens.

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