THE TRICKY TREATY

Issue: 24 – April 2008
THE TRICKY TREATY
For the best part of three decades Ireland, generally speaking, has perceived the European Union �project� and its precursors in a favourable light. That perception may be about to change.
Since our accession to the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973, pro-European elements in this country have constantly cited the benefits of Community membership. We were, after all, the recipients of generous grants and transfers aimed at improving our regional status and bringing local living standards into line with those of the more affluent parts of Western Europe.

Financing was provided in order to improve the national infrastructure, wider markets were made available to our producers, manufacturers and exporters and Irish workers could travel and seek employment in other member states without the bother of visas.
Small wonder then that referenda relating to a succession of European Treaties were almost guaranteed passage in a compliant Ireland with its largely EU-friendly electorate.

The fact that the old enemy, England, was as often as not at loggerheads with Europe served only to help the pro-EU lobby in this country.

Yet throughout all of this period a significant minority of Irish people remained suspicious of the European project and regularly campaigned against it. They warned that despite the apparent short-term benefits of membership, the EU was not in Ireland�s overall interests. They presented facts showing that the economic gains accrued from membership were far outweighed by the losses in major industries such as fishing. This significant asset was effectively plundered by the EU while we were obliged through protocol to stand by powerlessly.

Parallels were drawn with countries such as Norway, which remained outside the EU and yet has one of the world�s highest living standards. The Norwegians have retained national control over their fishing stocks and their oil and gas reserves benefit the Oslo exchequer. Can anyone honestly say that the vast mineral wealth that lies beneath the seas within Ireland�s national territory will be managed by the Irish People? Will these resources, like the fish, ultimately flow to Europe? In any case, thanks to the Euro, we don�t even have a currency of our own to dictate such decisions.

During the First Nice Treaty referendum in 2001, the alternative Irish viewpoint won the day. This, needless to say, did not please the Masonic elite who run the EU and the Irish people were forced to repeat the referendum until the �correct� result was attained. Can anyone recall a previous referendum having been re-run after the �yes� side won? So much for democracy.

This year, with the pending Lisbon Treaty, we are being asked to surrender whatever national sovereignty we have left to a de facto European superstate government. If we ratify this treaty, there will be no future referenda to worry about and our Constitution, which provides safeguards on issues such as an abortion-free Ireland, will eventually be superseded and rendered null and void.

The choice for all true Irishmen and women is clear: vote NO to Lisbon.

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