Belfast Telegraph

Left-wing opponents dismiss Lisbon guarantees

Left-wing opponents of the Lisbon Treaty have dismissed the legal guarantees agreed by EU leaders today in an effort to secure Irish approval for the treaty.

EU heads of state agreed this morning to provide legal guarantees that the document will not affect Ireland's prohibition on abortion, its current policy on neutrality or its right to set its own tax rates.

However, some of the left-wing groups that campaigned against the treaty last year held a press conference today to reject the importance of the development.

Socialist Party MEP Joe Higgins said the guarantees change nothing about the treaty itself, so the arguments put forward by the left last year are still valid.

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