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Sinn Féin will resist EU militarism - Anderson

22 November, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said Sinn Féin will continue to resist any attempt to militarise the European Union.

Speaking from Strasbourg, Ms Anderson said;

“Today we voted against a report on the creation of an EU armed force. We did so as we believe fundamentally and absolutely in Irish neutrality and will continue to defend it.

“Alarmingly, the report called on the European Union and member states to move closer to the creation of a European army, to develop a European military industrial complex and set aside both EU and national funds in order to do so.

“Equally as frightening, the report called for the EU to enhance military cooperation and compatibility with NATO and strengthen transatlantic relations. 

"Making partnerships with aggressive military powers and being stuck to the hip of regressive military alliances is the opposite of what the EU needs to do.  

“This week our Sinn Féin colleagues in the Dáil will bring forward a bill to strengthen Irish neutrality. In the past, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have opposed our attempts to augment the State’s neutrality, we hope this is not the case this week.

“Ireland should not be used as a launch pad for military bombardment by the US, NATO, the EU or any other military force. Neither should Irish troops or Irish money be committed to unnecessary EU military expansionism.” 

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