Ireland Should Immediately Leave the European Union
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I would like to argue that Ireland would do well to leave the European Union so that it may be able to better find a way to resolve the crisis that it finds itself in. Becoming independent from the EU would allow it to return to its own currency, which would allow it to resolve many of the economic problems that it is presently facing. It would also allow itself to be free of the many pressures being placed upon the nation by the EU, such as the argument concerning the raising of corporate taxes.
The Irish people have already shown that they would prefer to have less interference from the EU when they voted against the Lisbon Treaty in the first of two national referendums on the issue.
I'll be concise, due to limit of 750.
First, Ireland is a small country, which needs the EU to remain competitive. A small country on its own cannot cpmpete with the ICGs, against likes of BRIC, SAARC, EU and others. In the EU, it can benefit from EU free trade.
Free trade and free movement has also benefited vastly: for example, flight costs have plummeted due to the open border agreement.
When we're all at the EU trade table, we represent 400 million people, the largest economy in the world. Ireland being part of this helps the economy, we can see that the EU helps minorities through its history e.g. Catalonia.
Pulling out of the EU includes the Euro, I imagine. This would make mortgage rates and debts soar, not fall, and cause everyone hurt.
Ireland must compete against other nations, regardless of size. It's comparing imports
To its exports
We see Ireland producing much less than importing.
You mention the Irish Punt, but ignore the problems it causes. Changing currencies makes everything really expensive fast, not good in a recession. Also, ""We estimate that a weak euro country leaving the euro would incur a cost of around €9,500 to €11,500 per person" (Stephane Duo). Finally, the lending rates on a country that has an entirely new currency is very low.
Also, I fail to see how Ireland will be more competitive outside the EU. Ireland has ultimate power in its own country, not the EU, so the EU cannot enact laws randomly.
I also contend leaving the EU will make more job losses.
My opponent has made new arguments, so i will be brief:
Iceland has had been bailed out 15% of its economy (something that Ireland will not get). Iceland's unemployment rate increased 800% in two years. Not a good thing to copy.
Ireland's sovereignty problem is one that is non-existent. Again, ultimate power is within its Parliaments.
My opponent has not solved any of the economic problems Ireland would be exposed to from leaving the EU. The political implications would mean worse relationships with other countries, not better internal government, and the power Ireland has from being in the EU is massive. I thank my opponent for the debate, but urge voters to vote CON
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Vote Placed by trippledubs 5 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con provided effective rebuttals in confined space. I would liked to have seen the Iceland thing settled but there didn't seem to be enough space.
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