Monday 19 November 2018

History warns us about the risks of ceding power to EU

Bruce Arnold

In his moderate and balanced article on the Lisbon Treaty, in this paper on Wednesday, Micheal Martin called for "a mature debate" during the next three months and one that was based on facts, not heckling.

It will undoubtedly engage with history and the past, and it is on this starting point we should focus. The myth of Ireland's dedication and devotion to European ideals, our wish to be part of, or at the centre of, the EU, where we would always have belonged, but for Britain, is just one of the idiocies that will no doubt be trotted out on display for the benefit of the gullible.

When that happens, history and truth will be swept away. That is clearly already the intention. In an effort to give the debate some historical grounding I venture to put forward the views of Eamon de Valera on the occasion of his return from Strasbourg in 1955 where he had been attending a meeting that was part of the construction of the future Europe.

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