Today, in his speech in Dáil Éireann, Deputy Broughan called for significant reform of European Union (EU) institutions following the shock result of the UK referendum to leave the EU. Deputy Broughan hoped for, and expected, the Remain side to win the referendum but by a small margin. He had hoped that this would serve as a wake-up call to EU governing bodies leading to reform. Now that a ‘divorce’ is certain, Deputy Broughan is urging all sides to proceed cautiously to ensure the best outcome for all involved while also introducing serious changes required to address the accountability and transparency issues with EU institutions.
I thank the Chair for giving me the opportunity to briefly discuss the Brexit issue. A Brexit would not be in our national interest and there are so many areas where it would make our economic and political future much more difficult than it might be otherwise. However, the debate in the UK is valuable and the British people must be commended on their courage in considering all aspects of the European Union at this time. If they decide to vote for a Brexit, it would bring fundamental change, but it is valuable at least to have the general debate on how Europe operates and particularly the accountability and transparency of European institutions.