Sinn Fein and its changing rhetoric on the EU

On this May Day when Sinn Fein are pontificating on workers rights along side their anti Brexit rhetoric, it is worth remembering:

SF voted no to all previous EU/EEC referendums.

Gerry Adams and a raft of others have said the EU institutions have a democratic deficit.

SF have criticised the austerity policies of the EU and accused the European Central Bank of “absolute disregard” for national 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.

Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDondald has stated “Lisbon lowers wages ... In recent years the European Commission ... and the European court of Justice have made judgements that have the effect of driving down wages ... the Lisbon treaty provides both the Commission and the Court with an even stronger mandate to undermine workers pay and conditions.”

Republic of Ireland Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada MEP 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”

Alan Day, Coagh