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Lynn Boylan MEP responds to Leo Varadkar’s address to the European Parliament

17 January, 2018 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Reacting to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg today, Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan said:

“The Taoiseach’s comments on the rights of citizens' in the North and the need for a special deal for the North post-Brexit are welcome.

"It is unfortunate however that he did not use the opportunity to argue for extra seats for Ireland to ensure that the North continues to be represented in the European Parliament post-Brexit.

Instead, Taoiseach Varadkar's true federalist colours were on display when he called for the vacant British seats to be decided by European Wide electoral lists. This would further distance citizens from the decision making institutions.

“The Taoiseach also used this opportunity to express his support for a more federalised, militaristic EU. His comments on PESCO, Irish neutrality, and European electoral lists show that the Taoiseach advocated for an less democratic, centralised, federal EU.

"Taoiseach Varadkar has simultaneously pledged his support to a more militarised EU while also claiming that Ireland’s tradition of neutrality will not be further undermined.

"The reality is, PESCO will see Ireland participating in EU military operations and funding EU military research which is intended to ‘complement NATO missions and strategic goals’.

"His comments do not recognise the disastrous role that NATO members' intervention has had in Libya and Iraq.

"If Varadkar is serous in his calls for the EU to contribute to prosperity and stability in Africa,he should be calling for a greater commitment to development policy and human security not supporting more militarism"The Taoiseach’s repeated use of populist rhetoric in his references to ‘uncontrolled mass migration’ highlight that instead of worrying about human security and global stability, Varadkar simply wants to hinder refugee access to Europe whatever the cost.”

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