Monday 20 November 2017

Treaty truths

• I am voting No in the upcoming referendum on the fiscal treaty because I do not want to be condemned to more cutbacks and taxes as we try to stay within the impossible targets set for us by the European Commission in Brussels. The commission is an unelected body and it is they who will be telling us what we can and cannot spend. And all this will be written in perpetuity into our national laws.

I don't want my grandchildren to be still paying the debt of private bankers in Europe. This extra debt of 40pc was unjustly added to our national debt and it is a disgrace that we in Ireland are being told we must pay for the gambles and losses of French and German banks.

We are told we must vote Yes to be able to access money from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) in the future. This is wrong as that "blackmail clause" only applies to countries entering into new assistance programmes after March 2013. We are already in an assistance programme. This is written on page 10 of the Independent Referendum Commission's booklet explaining the treaty. The Government is blatantly misleading people on this point.

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