England Expects throws up an interesting anomaly. It seems that in a recent vote to respect the decision of the Republic’s referendum, the two Unionist MEPs (otherwise known Brussels as ‘the two Jims’) found themselves on opposite sides of the vote. Sinn Fein’s Ms de Brún
does not seem to have registered in the vote at all, which is strange since, presumably. her decision would have been something of a no brainer. The aye’s included Jim Allister, and the noes, Jim Nicholson. What makes it interesting is the degree to which the UUP MEP was critical of Brown when he refused a referendum for the UK:
The new EU Treaty will have a profound effect on the way the UK is governed taking further powers away from Member States and it is nothing less than an affront to democracy that the Prime Minister will not allow the British people to have their say on it.
In which case, presumably, Jim would expect the rest of the EU to ignore the result of any such referendum?
UPDATE: Checking the figures at the original source, it seems Mc de Brún was there and voted in favour of the amendment. Interestingly, Prionsias de Rossa seems to have voted against respecting the outcome of the Republic’s referendum. Curiouser, and curiouser…
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