Welcome for the opposition to the Lisbon Treaty

Statement by the Communist Party of Ireland

6 June 2008



The Communist Party of Ireland today welcomed the continued shift in public opinion towards a No vote in the forthcoming referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon. The latest opinion polls show a marked shift to the No side, which now has a lead of 5 percentage points over the Yes side.
     This shift in public opinion has come about from the No side presenting a clear analysis of what the Treaty of Lisbon contains and the dangers it poses to democracy, sovereignty, and workers’ rights, not just in Ireland but throughout the countries of the European Union.
     It is also a reaction against the arguments presented by the Yes side and their descent into abuse and name-calling against No campaigners. Despite the gross imbalance in media presentation in favour of the Yes side, people have been able to see this treaty for what it is.
     The Government and the establishment parties and their front organisations have tried everything, including parading retired trade union leaders in front of the media while attacking and undermining current trade union leaders who have taken a courageous stand in relation to this struggle for the future direction of the European Union. They have promised a veto to farmers on WTO talks that they do not possess and cannot deliver.
     This is not the time for complacency, but instead we need to redouble our efforts, to press forward and continue to engage with the people.
     The Communist Party also calls on the No campaigners to continue to ignore the attempts by the Government and establishment parties and the mass media to demonise and divide the No campaign and to understand the coming attacks in the final days of this struggle as part of their continuing attempts to divide and rule.
 

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