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PM is slammed for not consulting Stormont over decision

By Noel McAdam

Nationalists have bitterly attacked David Cameron over his decision to veto a new Euro treaty — which unionists welcomed.

The Assembly divided along predictable lines with the Prime Minister criticised for failing to consult Stormont.

For the SDLP, Margaret Ritchie said Mr Cameron’s decision to veto any prospective new European treaty aimed at achieving greater financial stability across the eurozone was “regrettable”.

“Northern Ireland has a land border with the eurozone in the south of Ireland, and therefore we are entitled to be consulted about any UK government action that fundamentally impacts on the UK’s relationship with the eurozone. Anything short of that is, frankly, disrespectful,” the South Down MLA added.

But the DUP’s Gregory Campbell said: “The problem within both the eurozone and the EU is that the one-size-fits-all economic policy has totally and utterly failed, and we have seen numerous bailouts, such as in Greece, which have not worked. We in this party think that Mr Cameron, the Prime Minister, took the right step in so far as it went,” the East Londonderry MLA said.

Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin argued: “There was no consultation on David Cameron’s position and his use of the veto.

“It appears from the evidence that there was not even consideration of the impact on, or role of, devolved Assemblies.”

UUP leader Tom Elliott said his party welcomed Mr Cameron’s move to keep the UK out of the agreement.

“Withdrawing from the EU summit agreement has protected the country’s financial services and manufacturing industries and ensured that the United Kingdom remains protected from further EU integration,” the Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA said.

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