Friday 23 February 2018

We're a long way from resolving our future within the EU but we must stick with Britain

We've always had, and relied upon, our trading links with the UK - compromises can't be made in this regard

Support: Taoiseach Enda Kenny greets Britain's Prince Charles at Government Buildings. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Support: Taoiseach Enda Kenny greets Britain's Prince Charles at Government Buildings. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Bruce Arnold

Anyone who wrestled with the Lisbon Treaty vote of 2008 and the re-run of the vote in 2009 should take note. The Lisbon Treaty was rejected when the country struggled over closer relations with Europe. The debate was remembered for its bitterness.

All parties, except Sinn Fein, favoured a Yes vote for the treaty. Declan Ganley was prominent in recommending a No vote. He saw the Lisbon Treaty as having been created to dispense "democracy" for present and future member states, though not for the central government of the EU.

The democratic deficit was much deeper. The treaty, if supported, would stifle all future efforts to change Europe into a democracy.

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