[Sinn Fein]

6 May 2001

Adams calls for No vote in Treaty of Nice

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP this morning said that the outcome of the Treaty of Nice is a matter of huge importance not solely to the people of this state but to everyone on the island.  

Mr. Adams said:

``It would be a tragedy if the increasing All-Ireland co-operation which is developing on many levels under the Good Friday Agreement were to be undermined by the Treaty of Nice whose provisions for a two-class EU create a further potential division between the two sides of the Border.   Will we find one side of the Border in the First division of states and the other side of the Border in the Second division? The Treaty of Nice creates that very real prospect.

``Sinn Fein will be campaigning vigorously for a No vote in the Treaty of Nice because we believe it paves the way for the creation of an EU superstate with its own army dominated by the larger countries.  Something which will move us fundamentally away from the idea of the EU as a partnership of equals and further erode Irish neutrality''

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