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"Mr President, this afternoon the British Parliament at Westminster will complete the ratification process for the Lisbon Treaty. It will be refreshing to read the press tomorrow to see finally that Britain says ‘yes’ to Europe. It will do much to restore the moral authority and the political credibility of the UK and it should assist the Irish to find a new consensus based on less and more . It is bizarre that Mr Farage and his right-wing troops here prefer to let a referendum in a foreign country take a decision on behalf of, and in place of, the British sovereign Parliament. It confirms my opinion that the plebiscite is a form of democracy, possibly suited for revolutionary circumstances, but completely unsuited for informed and deliberative decisions on complex treaty revision. That is why this Parliament must assist the Council to deliver the content of the Lisbon Treaty."@en1
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