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“Project Hope” prevails over “Project Fear” in #Brexit referendum

All Hail to those UK democrats who have made “Project Hope” prevail over “Project Fear” and decided that they want to win back Britain’s political independence and national democracy in face of the undemocratic monster that is the European Union.


Let us rejoice at the discomfiture of the Brussels Eurocrats  and their acolytes in every EU country –  in Ireland the likes of such anti-democratic, anti-national  ideologues as Peter Sutherland, Alan Dukes, Brendan Halligan, Brigid Laffan et al, plus the clique of Eurofanatics that decides Irish Times editorial policy on the EU.   


Democrats in the Republic of Ireland should now seek to win back Ireland’s independence by following Britain out of the EU and the Eurozone.  Leaving the EU is the only legal way in which Ireland can disentangle itself from the disastrous Eurozone, joining which was the biggest mistake ever made by the Irish State. 


Ireland does two-thirds of its foreign trade outside the nineteen-member Eurozone: two-thirds of its exports and three quarters of its imports. It is essential that Ireland has a special deal governing its UK trade, but while it stays in the EU it is Brussels Commission, not an independent Irish Government,  that decides the Republic’s trade arrangements.   In any case those running the present and all foreseeable Irish Governments share the anti-national and anti-democratic mind-set of the Eurocrats.


British Labour paid the penalty in yesterday’s referendum for failing to stand for British national independence and democracy. If the political Left does not stand for national independence, it is inevitable that the political Right will.  This is a lesson that is universally applicable. It is what Ireland’s James Connolly taught in his writings and by example – the Labour leader who was one of the signatories of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising proclamation.


Ireland’s democrats who understand the EU issue will look today with contempt on those politicians in the Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Labour and Sinn Fein parties who shamefully lent themselves to the campaign of bullying, lies and fear-mongering against ordinary UK citizens that characterized the “Remain” side in the Brexit referendum.


This world-historical act of rejection of the EU by the British people will encourage democrats in every EU country, whether on the political Right, Left or Centre, to push ahead with their struggle against the anti-democratic and reactionary EU/Eurzone and to seek to replace it with a Europe of independent, democratic and cooperating Nation States. 

The EU is an out-of-date construct left over from the Cold War.  It is inevitable that it will disappear in time, and the sooner that happens the better for national democracy, the true welfare of Europe’s peoples and peace and good international relations on our continent.

Best wishes from Ireland to all UK democrats as you seek to implement yesterday’s admirable decision in the period ahead.


Anthony Coughlan


NB. Scottish talk of “independence in Europe” is a contradiction in terms. Scotland’s independence referendum last year was premised on a supposedly “independent” Scotland retaining the pound sterling as its currency. Do those who talk of Scotland remaining in the EU while the rest of the United Kingdom leaves, not realise that in order to do that Scotland would have to adopt the disastrous euro-currency and all the reactionary apparatus that goes with it?


“Partition is still there… Maybe a checkpoint would bring back reality” #Brexit

The border hasn’t been weakened. The border is very much there. Partition is still there. The British still rule the north. Just because you can drive from Dublin to Belfast doesn’t end partition. It might make people feel better, maybe a checkpoint would bring back reality. Maybe Brexit would force the EU to bring about Irish unity.

        – Francie Molloy, Sinn Fein MP for Mid-Ulster, 6 June 2016

No need for sudden or radical change upon #Brexit vote

Tens of thousands of Irish people are living in Britain today because they could not get jobs in their own country due to the economic failures of successive Irish Governments and Dublin’s disastrous decision to adopt the euro-currency, which led to the imposition of €64 billion of private bank debt on to Irish taxpayers.


Having ignored the Irish in Britain for decades, Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his fellow Ministers now have the gall to go prancing around that country urging the Irish diaspora to vote to stay in the EU, even though that is against their real interests and those of both the Irish and British peoples. 


This interference in the UK’s referendum process by the Irish Taoiseach and his Ministers shows the moral vacuity and egregious ignorance of normal inter-State protocol that characterise much of Ireland’s political elite when it comes to EU matters.


If UK voters decide to regain their political independence by leaving the EU the following four steps would seem to be the appropriate legal way for easing that transition: 

  1. An amendment to the European Communities Act to prevent any new EU laws or Court decisions applying in the UK; 
  2. A special Act of Parliament to continue in being all existing EU laws, Court decisions and international agreements pending a gradual working out of which ones are worth keeping in the interest of UK citizens and which one should be got rid of; 
  3. A pause for strategic discussion with other States inside and outside the EU before the British Government formally notifies the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union; 
  4. Notification of the UK’s intention under Article 50, so setting in train the two-year or longer extended period for concluding the EU-UK agreement that is referred to in that Article.  

There will therefore be no need on 24 June for any sudden or radical change.


Both ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ campaigners might care to note that a new edition of  The Consolidated EU Treaties as amended by the Lisbon Treaty’, with Index and Explanatory Notes, has now been put up on the web-site by its editor, former Danish MEP Jens-Peter Bonde. This includes the text of Prime Minister David Cameron’s February agreement with the EU.


The fundamental choice before UK voters on Thursday week is whether they wish to be ruled for the indefinite future by these EU Treaties, which can only be changed by unanimous agreement of all 28 EU Member States, or whether they wish to be ruled by their own Parliament and Government which they can periodically elect and dismiss.


This is the only English-language edition of the EU Treaties with an Index.  This Index is an invaluable intellectual tool that enables people to find out for themselves how they and the issues they are concerned about are affected by the EU. All UK voters should know where they can consult the EU Treaties, so that they can find out these things for themselves.  


Below are ten reasons why it is in the interest of Irish people in Britain and the North of Ireland to vote to leave the EU on Thursday week.




Anthony Coughlan


The National Platform EU Research and Information Centre, 

24 Crawford Avenue, Dublin 9, Ireland 

Tackling the EU Empire: basic critical facts on EU/Eurozone – a handbook for European Democrats


Basic critical facts on the EU/Eurozone

handbook for Europe’s democrats, whether politically Left, Right or Centre                

“Sometimes I like to compare the EU as a creation to the organization of empire. We have the dimension of empire.”   –  EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, 2007

Readers are invited to use or adapt this document in whole or in part for their own purposes, including changing its title if desired, and to circulate it to others without any need of reference to or acknowledgement of its source.


  • The EU’s myth of origin
  • EU ideology: supranationalism v. internationalism
  • A spin-off of the Cold War
  • The euro as a response to German reunification
  • The intoxication of Big Powerdom
  • EU expansion from six to 28; “Brexit”
  • The economic basis of the EU
  • The succession of EU treaties: the 1957 Treaty ofRome
  • The 1987 Single European Act (SEA)
  • The 1992 Maastricht Treaty on European Union
  • The 1998 Amsterdam Treaty
  • The 2001 Nice Treaty
  • The 2009 Lisbon Treaty: the EU’s Constitution
  • EU Powers and National Powers
  • The “doctrine of the occupied field”; Subsidiarity
  • More voting power for the Big States under the Lisbon Treaty
  • How the EU is run: the Brussels Commission
  • The Council of Ministers
  • The European Council
  • The European Parliament
  • The Court of Justice (ECJ) as a Constitution-maker
  • The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
  • The extent of EU laws
  • Is Another Europe, a Social Europe, possible?
  • How the EU is financed
  • Why national politicians surrender powers to the EU
  • The EU’s assault on national democracy
  • EU Justice, “Home Affairs” and Crime; Migration, Schengen
  • The Common Foreign and Security policy: EU militarization
  • The euro: from EU to Eurozone federalism
  • The euro, the bank crisis and the sovereign debt crisis
  • Two treaties for the Eurozone: The Fiscal Compact and the ESM Treaty
  • No European people or demos to provide a basis for an EU democracy
  • How the Eurozone prevents the “PIIGS” countries overcoming the economic crisis
  • The benefits of restoring national currencies
  • Contrast Iceland
  • Tackling the EU Leviathan
  • Democrats on Centre, Left and Right for national independence and democracy
  • Conclusion: Europe’s Future
  • Ireland’s EU membership
  • Abolishing the punt and adopting the euro
  • Ireland’s experience of an independent currency 1993-1999
  • The 2008 bank guarantee and the 2010 Eurozone bailout
  • Reestablishing an independent Irish currency
  • Some political consequences of Ireland’s EU membership
  • An independent democratic future
  • Useful sources of information on the EU
  • Reference Notes
  • An invitation


THE EU’S MYTH OF ORIGIN:  All States and aspiring States have their “myth of origin” – that is, a story, true or false, of how they came into being. The myth of origin of the European Union is that it is essentially a peace project to prevent wars between Germany and France, as if a collective tendency to go to war were somehow genetically inherited.  In reality the EU’s origins lie in war preparations – at the start of the Cold War which followed the end of World War 2 and the possibility of that developing into a “hot war”, a real military conflict between the two victorious post-war superpowers, the USA and USSR.


10 Reasons Irish People in North, & Britain, Should Vote “Leave” #Brexit

Is another EU really possible? How realistic is a “Social Europe”? (Prof Danny Nicol) #brexit

The article below, dated 29 February,  was written by Professor Danny Nicol, Professor of Public Law at the University of Westminster 


by Professor Danny Nicol

Is the European Union an empty vessel into which any political content may be poured? Can it accommodate not just neoliberal conservatism but also Keynesian social democracy, hard-line greenery and even pro-nationalisation democratic socialism?  
A new UK campaign, “Another
Europe is Possible”, would have us believe this, and is touting for votes in the EU referendum on the basis that the Union can be changed into a more socialistic entity, “not [by] a network of politicians but grassroots
activists across the UK”. 

The same optimism is apparent in the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM 2025) in which Mr Yanis Varoufakis looms
large. With the ferocity of tigers protecting their young, these
progressives attack those who single out the EU as a hotbed of
neoliberalism. ‘Can you name an institution not dominated by
neoliberalism?’ argued Marina Prentoulis of Syriza UK at the launch of “Another Europe”: ‘National governments are pushing a neoliberal agenda

It speaks volumes that Syriza, a party implementing austerity at the EU’s behest, is accorded star billing in this supposedly anti-neoliberal venture.

What Peter Sutherland REALLY thinks about the EU migration crisis

Yesterday morning Ivan Yates of Newstalk 106 interviewed Peter Sutherland, UN Secretary General’s international representative on migration, on the EU migration crisis. 

Mr Sutherland’s solution is to “Europeanise” the matter by supporting EU mandatory quotas for distributing refugees and economic migrants around the EU – a policy for which the Fine Gael/Labour Coalition Government voted last September, although Ireland has a treaty opt-out from EU migration policy.  

The EU’s aim of replacing Europe’s long-established nations and national cultures with multicultural societies by encouraging population inflows was revealingly expressed by Mr Sutherland in his evidence to the Committee on Migration of the British House of Commons in June 2012 when he said  the following:

“The United States, or Australia and New Zealand, are migrant societies and therefore they accommodate more readily those from other backgrounds than we do ourselves, who still nurse a sense of our homogeneity and difference from others. And that’s precisely what the European Union, in my view, should be doing to undermine.”    (emphasis added)  
Source: BBC report, 12 June 2012;
Yesterday the EU Commission announced that Ireland has agreed to join an EU mechanism that will seek to relocate 140,000 asylum seekers by 2017. 

The EU Court of Justice has also just ruled that refugees granted international protection by one EU Member State can freely live and move anywhere they want in other Member States. 

Anthony Coughlan
The National Patform EU Research and Information Centre
Tel.: 01-8305792 
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