Ireland must not be led into EU military alliance – Liadh Ní Riada MEP
Speaking in Strasbourg this week Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada warned against attempts to expand EU military capacity and cooperation and said that Ireland must stand firm in its opposition to such plans.
Liadh Ní Riada said:
“As EU leaders met in Bratislava this week to hear French and German proposals for a beefed-up military force, the Commission sought support from MEPs in Strasbourg for an implementation plan on security and defence, which would include a permanent coordination of armed forces at EU level; in effect a centralised command for an EU military force.
“Ireland must stand firm in its opposition to such plans. We cannot allow ourselves to be led into an international military alliance by the back door to appease the French and German governments.
“There is a movement towards a militarised Europe among a number of countries, which is tied up with ideas of a federal Europe and the projection of military force abroad. Ireland must be steadfast in calling a halt to this move.
“Our neutrality and history of good relations with all states must be protected, and we must preserve our sovereign right to control of our own military affairs. Along with colleagues from across Europe, I will oppose this move towards a militarised European Union. I call on the Irish Government to do the same.”