PRESS RELEASE 32 COUNTY SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT.
32 CSM welcome 'NO' result in Treaty Referendum
The 32 County Sovereignty Movement welcome the result of Lisbon Treaty referendum and congratulate the people of the 26 counties for standing firm in the face of the implied threats and dire warnings emanating from within the yes camp.
We would also like to thank all our activists who successfully campaigned for a No vote and salute them for their dedicated and tireless activism.
This referendum has reintroduced a number of key concepts into political discourse in Ireland such as Democracy, Sovereignty, Independence and Neutrality, concepts that have not been to the forefront in Irish politics for some time.
It is ironic that many of those who campaigned for and voted NO on the grounds of the treaty’s democratic deficiency, erosion of sovereignty, impact on our independence and possible ramifications for neutrality have failed to apply the same political logic to the on-going occupation of the Six counties by an equally unaccountable external politic.
Just like the EU, The British government in not democratically accountable to any section of the Irish people , Irish sovereignty is violated by Britain’s illegal presence in our country, Irish independence is reduced from a right to an aspiration, actively opposed by both political elites in the nation and neutrality is an illusion, not alone because of US warplanes in Shannon but because of the permanent garrison of up to 5000 troops and over 10,000 heavily armed British police in the six counties.
The Irish people’s right to national self determination is not protected by the EU constitution, just as it is not protected or even recognised by both the 26 county and British administrations here.
The 32 County Sovereignty Movement fully expect that we have not heard the end of the EU constitution and we urge the Irish people to oppose any future attempts to foist this undemocratic treaty upon them having already rejected it.
We also urge unity among republicans to actively challenge all current and future attacks on our democracy, sovereignty and independence in line with our republican separatist principles.