Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty speaking during a Seanad debate on the WTO talks said that if the Lisbon Treaty is passed Ireland will lose its veto on international trade agreements.
"Given the agenda being pursued by Peter Mandelson and the EU Commission this loss of veto will have serious consequences for Irish farming. And the situation will be made worse with the loss of a
permanent Irish Commissioner," said Mr Doherty.
The senator called on rural communities to come out and vote no so that the Government can be sent back to negotiate a better deal for Ireland in Europe.
"On June 12 the Irish people will go to the polls and whatever happens on that day Ireland's place in Europe is secure. Over the last number of weeks there has been a lot of commentary but very little debate about the facts in relation to the Lisbon Treaty. I welcome the opportunity to make some comments about the current WTO talks and the implications for Irish farming in future talks if the Lisbon Treaty is passed.
"It is clear that there is a great deal of confusion about the contents of the Lisbon Treaty including among senior government Ministers."