Sinn Fein's anti-Brexit stance doesn't add up
When Sinn Fein is pontificating on workers' rights alongside their anti-Brexit rhetoric, it is worth remembering that they voted no to all previous EU/EEC referendums and Gerry Adams (and others) have said the EU institutions have a democratic deficit.
Sinn Fein has criticised the austerity policies of the EU and accused the European Central Bank of "absolute disregard" for democratic institutions.
Martina Anderson MEP has denounced "the right-wing elites of Europe" and the "anti-democratic actions of the ECB, IMF and the European Commission" regarding Greece.
Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has said: "Lisbon lowers wages. In recent years, the European Commission and European Court of Justice have made judgments that have the effect of driving down wages. The Lisbon Treaty provides the commission and court with an even stronger mandate to undermine workers' pay and conditions."
Republic of Ireland Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada has said: "The economic and fiscal policies of the European Union have had catastrophic effects on the lives of many of its citizens... the gap between the rich and poor in the EU is constantly increasing, social rights are being dismantled and the people of member states are being subordinated to poverty and stagnation ... it is unacceptable that Irish fishermen operating in Irish waters are at a massive disadvantage in comparison to other European fishermen... our fishing industry is effectively wiped out."
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