- Mar 20, 2005
In the Euro election manifesto, FG promised the abolition of Protocol 21 (the right to optout-in to EU Justice and Home Affairs policy on a case-by-case basis). Lucinda Creighton said on her blog at the time that it was 'too important to optout of'. Given my grave concerns about the consequences for Irish sovereignty of surrendering Protocol 21, I emailed Cllr Dermot Lacey to clarify the Labour position on this question and this was his reply:
So what will happen to Protocol 21 under a FG-Labour govt? Will the FG policy of abandoning Protocol 21 win out, or the Labour position of retaining it?Dermot Lacey said:At the time of the adoption of the Lisbon
Treaty the Labour party accepted the Government support for the
retention of the Protocol on Justice and Home Affairs - we still do.
Given the nature of Justice issues and the need sometimes for cross
border co-operation on some criminal issues we agree with the notion of
looking at all these proposals on a case by case basis but the decision
on these to remain with the National Governments.