Sunday 17 December 2017

Checks better late than never

CLAIM and counterclaim about the European Commission's proposal for more co-ordination of national budgets, culminating in uproar which led to an adjournment of the Dail yesterday morning and which is likely to resume today, are reminiscent of the hysteria that preceded the first Lisbon Treaty referendum in June 2008.

It seems a lifetime away now, but fears voiced then were of a loss of influence for Ireland in Europe, a perceived threat to our corporation tax regime, neutrality and workers' rights.

Polls showed that a third of the electorate thought that a 'Yes' vote would lead to the introduction of conscription into a European army.

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