Monday 20 January 2020

Sovereignty is back on agenda

THERE is a lot of talk at the moment about the possibility of losing our sovereignty following the recently announced plans for some back-scratching through each others' annual budgets in the EU. For myself, I don't see any great problem with this type of arrangement.

After all, there are 27 members (at the moment) equal in all matters and if nothing else is to come out of the plan, the 27 countries will surely learn that we all have to inject at least a modicum of honesty into our dealings.

But there is an elephant in the room. And it has been in the room since the famous meeting in 1958 when six countries signed up to the Treaty of Rome. Through the various treaties since then, the bloc has matured and prospered despite the recent setbacks.

Every time we face up to another treaty our senior politicians assure us that we will not lose our sovereignty.

Well that's politicians for you and whether they like it or not that elephant was very small in 1958 but you want to see the size of it now. Go it alone -- would you get up the yard!

RJ Hanly
Screen, Co Wexford

Irish Independent

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