Tens of thousands of Irish people are living in Britain today because they could not get jobs in their own country due to the economic failures of successive Irish Governments and Dublin’s disastrous decision to adopt the euro-currency, which led to the imposition of €64 billion of private bank debt on to Irish taxpayers.
Having ignored the Irish in Britain for decades, Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his fellow Ministers now have the gall to go prancing around that country urging the Irish diaspora to vote to stay in the EU, even though that is against their real interests and those of both the Irish and British peoples.
This interference in the UK’s referendum process by the Irish Taoiseach and his Ministers shows the moral vacuity and egregious ignorance of normal inter-State protocol that characterise much of Ireland’s political elite when it comes to EU matters.
If UK voters decide to regain their political independence by leaving the EU the following four steps would seem to be the appropriate legal way for easing that transition:
- An amendment to the European Communities Act to prevent any new EU laws or Court decisions applying in the UK;
- A special Act of Parliament to continue in being all existing EU laws, Court decisions and international agreements pending a gradual working out of which ones are worth keeping in the interest of UK citizens and which one should be got rid of;
- A pause for strategic discussion with other States inside and outside the EU before the British Government formally notifies the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union;
- Notification of the UK’s intention under Article 50, so setting in train the two-year or longer extended period for concluding the EU-UK agreement that is referred to in that Article.
There will therefore be no need on 24 June for any sudden or radical change.
Both ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ campaigners might care to note that a new edition of ‘The Consolidated EU Treaties as amended by the Lisbon Treaty’, with Index and Explanatory Notes, has now been put up on the EUABC.com web-site by its editor, former Danish MEP Jens-Peter Bonde. This includes the text of Prime Minister David Cameron’s February agreement with the EU.
The fundamental choice before UK voters on Thursday week is whether they wish to be ruled for the indefinite future by these EU Treaties, which can only be changed by unanimous agreement of all 28 EU Member States, or whether they wish to be ruled by their own Parliament and Government which they can periodically elect and dismiss.
This is the only English-language edition of the EU Treaties with an Index. This Index is an invaluable intellectual tool that enables people to find out for themselves how they and the issues they are concerned about are affected by the EU. All UK voters should know where they can consult the EU Treaties, so that they can find out these things for themselves.
Below are ten reasons why it is in the interest of Irish people in Britain and the North of Ireland to vote to leave the EU on Thursday week.
The National Platform EU Research and Information Centre,
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