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OVER the past few weeks, considerable media coverage has been provided to a small number of “high profile” business people who are calling for a no vote on the Lisbon Treaty.
They are calling for a no vote on issues that are either irrelevant to the treaty (corporation tax) or on issues on which they are not giving the full story (Ireland’s voting strength under the treaty).
The entire Irish business community is calling for a yes vote through the Business Alliance for Europe, which represents 37 of Ireland’s leading business and professional organisations, including the Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation (IBEC), Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and Irish Banking Federation (see www.yestolisbon.ie for full list of members). These organisations are responsible for 250,000 businesses and nearly two million jobs.
Irish business leaders with a proven track record of job creation in this country and overseas, such as Martin Naughton, Maurice Pratt, Brian Goggin and Paul Rellis, have all called for a yes vote.
The reasons why all these leading organisations and individuals are calling for a yes vote is straightforward: a yes to the treaty will lead to a more efficient and effective EU and that directly benefits Ireland. It will also:
Provide stability and certainty to the Irish economy as it moves into a new phase of development;
Copper-fasten our veto over EU tax proposals;
Ensure Ireland remains a good place to do business and remains an attractive location for foreign direct investment;
Enable the continued development of the single market, opening up new opportunities to Irish businesses in the EU market of nearly 500 million people;
Continue the positive impact of the EU on job creation in Ireland.
Ireland went from strength to strength after each previous referendum. That is the best guide to how the Lisbon Treaty will impact on Ireland in the future.
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