Dubliners who supported Brexit in last year’s referendum will be at the heart of a new campaign to push for an orderly transition in the country’s departure from the European Union.
The “Not in Our Backyards” campaign, which is based in Dublin, is launching a petition with more than 1,000 signatures calling for a new deal that will deliver an economic boost for the country in the short term.
The move comes after Brexit minister Simon Coveney said last month that he would not consider any plan for Ireland to leave the bloc without a deal that would protect the interests of the Irish people.
The petition, launched today, says: “It’s time to change the rules.
The Irish people voted for the Brexit deal.
If it was to be implemented, the people of Ireland would be back in charge of their own affairs.
They should not be forced to accept a new arrangement that would be bad for them.”
The petition is being backed by business leaders and the Irish government, and the head of the Chamber of Commerce, the countrys biggest trade body.
Its founder, Peter McNamara, said: “If this petition gets more than 10,000 signatories, then we will be calling on the Irish Government to immediately start to negotiate an orderly departure from a damaging deal that threatens our future prosperity.”
The campaign has received support from other major organisations including the British Chamber of Industry and Commerce, which represents the largest employers.
Its organisers are calling for the establishment of a commission to work in tandem with the Irish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, the National Union of Students, the British Chambers of Commerce and the Business Roundtable, and to work with a wider cross-section of organisations to discuss the future of the EU.
Mr McNamara said that the petition was a direct response to Brexit.
“We don’t want the country to be thrown out, but we need to be allowed to decide our future in order to protect the Irish economy and our democracy,” he said.
“That’s what we’re going to be talking about in a joint effort.”
Mr McNumsaid that the referendum was not a popular vote, and said the only way for Ireland “to regain full sovereignty and independence” is through a vote of confidence from the people.
“Our economy is very fragile, our unemployment is high, our public services are underfunded and our public housing is under threat.
We need to take control of the economic and financial destiny of our country,” he added.
The Irish Times has contacted the Irish Minister for Trade, Enterprise and Investment, Charlie Flanagan, for comment.