One of the core reasons given that an United Ireland is impossible is the inability of the republic of Ireland effectively to control the risk of terrorist attacks by loyalist paramilitarys.Title_7_Solidarity_Clause_Article_188R said:The Union and its Member States shall act jointly in a spirit of solidarity if a Member State is the object of a terrorist attack or the victim of a natural or man-made disaster. The Union shall mobilise all the instruments at its disposal, including the military resources made available by the Member States,
(a) prevent the terrorist threat in the territory of the Member States;
protect democratic institutions and the civilian population from any terrorist attack;
assist a Member State in its territory, at the request of its political authorities, in the event of a terrorist attack;
Whether or not this lack of ability is in fact true doesn't the clause above blow it out of the water.
Lisbon will allow Ireland to call on the French, Germans and Poles, for example, to assist in controlling post unification civil disturbance. It will make it possible for other member states to assist us if we need assistance.
The potential benefit for this country is far greater than the potential risk.
A vote against the Treaty is a vote for partition.
A vote against Lisbon is treasonous.