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Lynn Boylan MEP condemns unconstitutional PESCO vote

7 December, 2017 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Lynn Boylan has said that the vote in favour of Irish participation in PESCO not only threatens Irish neutrality, but that it also raises serious legal concerns regarding Irish defence policy.

Reacting to the vote, Lynn Boylan MEP said:

“The decision by Independent Alliance TDs and Fianna Fail to back Fine Gael's plan for Ireland to join PESCO shows a flagrant disregard for Irish neutrality.

“The framework for PESCO is outlined in the Lisbon treaty however despite what Leo Varadkar says the Irish people did not sign up for PESCO when they voted for the Lisbon treaty. In fact, as part of the Irish ratification of the Lisbon treaty the Irish constitution was amended to explicitly prohibit Irish participation in PESCO.

“The constitution clearly states that Ireland cannot participate in European common defence as outlined in article 42 of the Lisbon treaty, The EU’s external action service  is clear that PESCO’s is indeed the creation of European defence in line with the Lisbon treaty.

"The Irish government has shown a complete disregard for our constitution, and have attempted to mislead people as to what PESCO is and what Ireland agreed to by ratifying the Lisbon treaty. The Irish people never agreed to PESCO in fact the constitution was amended to specifically exclude Ireland from PESCO.

“Irish participation is not only unconstitutional but by voting in favour Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Independent Alliance have signed off on Ireland’s participation in a military alliance which is aligned with and intended to compliment NATO.”

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