Brexit has reignited the ambitions of militarists within the EU - Lynn Boylan MEP
Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has stated that "Brexit has reignited the ambitions of militarists within the European Union."
She added that Sinn Féin will oppose any increased militarisation and further erosion of Irish Neutrality when members of the EU Foreign Affairs committee meets next week to discuss the establishment of a European Defence Union, and that the party would bring a Bill before the Oireachtas to have neutrality enshrine in the constitution.
Boylan made the comments while speaking at a conference on protecting Ireland's neutrality in Dublin this morning this morning.
"Brexit has reignited the ambitions of the Militarists within the European Union.
"Four days after the result of the referendum in Britain, the French and German Foreign Ministers presented a position paper which centred on EU being able to employ high readiness forces and provide common financing for its operations and that the EU would need to take action more often in order to manage crises that directly affect its own security.
"The President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, is seeking a European Military Budget stating 'For European Defence to be strong, the European Defence industry needs to innovate. That is why we will propose before the end of the year a European Defence Fund to turbo boost research and innovation’
"It is clear that, in the coming weeks and months, the EU militarisation agenda will continue to be pushed.
"It is worth noting that Ireland with its so called Lisbon 2 ‘neutrality guarantees' is not seen as a barrier to a deeper EU defence Strategy. If you listen to Minister Flanagan talk on the subject you can see why. Only recently, he was on RTÉ Drivetime saying how important it was that the EU spoke with one voice on matters of defence.
"Make no mistake, a common EU defence policy is centred on creating a federal Europe and has little to do in the way of providing safety.
"Sinn Féin will oppose any increased militarisation and further erosion of Irish Neutrality when members of the EU Foreign Affairs committee meets next week to discuss the establishment of a European Defence Union.
"Furthermore, Sinn Féin will bring a Bill before the Oireachtas which will seek to enshrine neutrality in the Irish constitution."
"In sharp contrast to creeping militarisation agenda, the positive neutrality Sinn Féin supports calls for a redoubling of our efforts to focus on working with countries to implement global targets on issues such as poverty reduction, hunger, land rights, climate change, citizen participation, economic equality, and government accountability."