Irish accountants urge 'yes' vote for Lisbon Treaty
ICAI has urged its members to vote ‘yes’ in June’s referendum on the Lisbon Treaty
For the first time, the
Institute of Accountants in
Ireland has entered a referendum debate and called for a ‘yes’ vote on the
Vincent Sheridan, ICAI president, said at the organisation’s annual
conference in Galway the institute had entered the referendum because of the
importance of the issue to Irish business and to the economy at this time, the
Irish Examiner reports.
‘We believe that the treaty poses no threat to our current corporation tax
rate, he said. ‘But we believe that if Ireland is to be successful at preventing
future attempts at harmonising either rates or bases, we need to maximise our
standing and negotiating position in Europe. Voting Yes will achieve that
result, voting no will achieve the oppose.’
Sheridan also repeated the institute’s call for a reduction in Northern
Ireland’s corporation tax rate.