Monday 19 February 2018

Power drift

• Aidan O'Sullivan (Letters, June 4) claims that "Our future together is a united states of Europe" and points to the passing of nine European referendums here.

However, he apparently forgets that two of the last three referendums were rejected by the electorate when they were first put to the people, and only subsequently passed after certain guarantees were sought and granted.

Indeed, there is merit in the argument that the most recent referendum on fiscal policy only passed because people were afraid of the alternative of the State being denied emergency funding. It certainly could not be construed as the electorate voting for a united states of Europe.

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