Richard Corbett is a cheeky monkey.
He seems to have a written the exact same letter to a whole bunch of different papers.
The identical letter below appeared in, amongst others:
The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Mail
The Yorkshire Post
The Northern Echo
Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph
Huddersfield Daily Examiner
The Grimsby Evening Telegraph
Halifax Evening Courier
I feel I must comment on the reactions to the Irish "no" vote on the Lisbon Treaty.
Of course, the Irish result must be respected, but so should the results of the ratification procedures of every member country....
It is inconceivable that the other 26 member states will simply say "oh well, one country has said 'no', so let's forget about reforming the EU and leave it as it is for evermore".
We need to find a solution acceptable to all 27 member states, including Ireland. This means Ireland must have a profound internal debate to identify precisely what it is it doesn't like about the current reform package. By listening to Irish concerns, all countries can seek a compromise that will address those concerns, as well as respecting the other 26 countries that were happy with the Lisbon Treaty.
The reality is the EU needs to reform to make it more democratic and more efficient, and Eurosceptics should be the first to admit that. The Lisbon Treaty attempts to do just that. It is therefore vital we address Irish concerns to carry on the reform.
Richard Corbett, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and Humber.