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Irish MP RIPS INTO Europhiles for dismissing citizens FEARS about LACK of EU democracy

May 11, 2018 11:01 PM
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Irish MP RIPS INTO Europhiles for dismissing citizens FEARS about LACK of EU democracy

IRISH MP Tommy Broughan slammed Europhiles across the European Union for dismissing the fears of citizens concerned about the "levels of democracy" across the bloc.

The Irish politician slammed pro-European figures across the continent for branding as "populist" any challenger of the European Union project.

Mr Broughan argued that Brussels should have "examined" the reasons behind the Brexit vote to better address the concerns for the future expressed throughout the bloc but did not do so.

Speaking to colleagues in the Dáil Éireann, Mr Broughan said: "Clearly the EU is facing major challenges over the next few years, and the decision of the British people to opt for Brexit has offered an existential challenge to its very existence.

"In virtually every EU country, of course, there have been ongoing and long-standing concerns over the levels of democracy, accountability and transparency in the EU’s quasi-federal structures.

"These concerns have often been too easily dismissed as populism by commentators who, of course, are devoted to the EU project."

The Dublin Bay North TD continued: "Brexit was a striking response to these concerns, but wide sectors of EU opinion have had similar worries and concerns and even felt revulsion over the treatment of the smaller euro member states.

"Rather than deeply examining how these concerns may be addressed in future revisions of the EU treaties, many analysts and journalists simply condemn the fears of the European peoples and label representatives as populist, including those who genuinely want a much more democratic EU."

Mr Broughan’s harsh analysis on dissatisfaction with the EU came days after Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski warned Brussels of an upcoming battle on its expansion plans.


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