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Kenny must oppose creation of EU military headquarters - Carthy

15 November, 2016 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Irish Government to oppose the creation of an EU military headquarters.

Carthy’s comments came after EU defence ministers in Brussels agreed a plan which includes the use of so-called EU battle groups and an EU planning centre for military operations.

EU leaders must still sign off on the plan in December.

Matt Carthy said:

“Germany and France have led the push for a new EU defence plan, including the establishment of a planning centre for military operations.

“This is very clearly another step towards the creation of an EU army.

“EU federalists have been seeking to use Brexit to move towards establishment of an EU army.

“US President-elect Donald Trump has been putting pressure on European NATO members to dramatically defence spending, lending further impetus to these moves.

“It is ironic that the Brexit result and the election of Donald Trump, widely described as two examples of citizens being disengaged from the political system, are now being used by EU leaders to further a project that has almost no support among the European populace, greater military consolidation.

“The Taoiseach and the Irish government need to come out in the strongest possible terms in defence of Irish neutrality. 

“Enda Kenny must state clearly that Ireland opposes the creation of an EU military headquarters for an EU army, and will veto any attempt to create such an army, regardless of what it is called.”

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