Dr Anthony Coughlan, Secretary of The National Platform for EU Research and Information Centre and retired Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Social Policy at Trinity College, suggested over the weekend in an interview with Radio Sputnik, that we should seriously consider leaving the EU alongside the UK. The transcript of the interview is below the Poll if you prefer to read it.
Transcript of the audio:
“Irish men and women struggled for centuries to leave the political union with Britain and establish a self-governing independent Irish state.
But Ireland’s current political class has become European Unionists and Euro loyalists. Their loyalty is to Brussels and they would put us under the control of the European Union and Brussels.
The Treaty of Maastricht, which came from the EU, took away from us our power to set our own currency and our rate of interest.
The Euro, together with mass migration from Eastern Europe, has contributed to boom and bust here in the early 2000’s, which has led to mass immigration from Ireland and mass unemployment here.
The EU through the euro imposed 64 billion euros of private bank debt on Irish taxpayers and this amounts to something like €9000 per man, woman and child in this state which has to be paid back over years.
As an island state we have very valuable fishing waters. EU boats ravage these and leave only some four percent of Irish fish catches to Irish boats.
With Brexit, there is now a political and economic imperative that we also, Ireland also, leave the EU and conduct its trade with the UK, the EU itself, America and the rest of the world.
Will leaving the EU help?
By leaving we would solve the looming border crisis, the nationality crisis, the currency crisis, protect our corporation tax, prevent a future migrant crisis, protect our trade with the UK our biggest customer, restore our fishing rights, And protect the ‘All Ireland’ Peace Process.
We will also protect our Common Travel Area Agreement with the UK, ensuring the British and Irish can live and work in each other’s countries.
The EU is no longer a cash cow, we are now net contributors, so our current EU payments are our own money coming back.
Further, even if we leave the EU we can still negotiate to trade with the Single Market.
Brexit without Irexit will open a wound across the historic Irish nation,
Erecting a barrier between Britain and Ireland and irrevocably damage our mutual economic, financial, cultural and political relationships.
The questions we must ask is not about the EU’s value to us now, but its value post Brexit. Will we still be a country or just a mere half-way-house,
The conversation about our exit should begin ‘now’.”