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Yes result puts onus on Government to negotiate strongly at EU level

Jun 1, 2012 | Press Releases | 0 comments

1st June, 2012

ICSA president Gabriel Gilmartin has welcomed the outcome of the Referendum on the Fiscal Stability Treaty in favour of a Yes vote saying,  “it is the better outcome in terms of stability, but it also means that the Government has no hiding place when it comes to negotiating at EU level.”   

“The Yes result gives a mandate to the Government but it also puts the onus on them to get out and negotiate from a position of strength on all of the EU issues including the resolution of debt problems, a plan for growth and the need to sort out the EU budget for the 2014-2020 period.”

“The Government is now in a much stronger position when it comes to issues such as CAP reform as well.  It is clear that the farming community came through very strongly in favour of Yes and this must be kept in mind when the EU budget and CAP reform are being negotiated.”

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