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Lynn Boylan MEP warns EU that increased arms spending will lead to more conflicts

28 June, 2018 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

The European Council has today pledged further support for the militarisation of the EU, through the development of European military projects and further EU-NATO cooperation, a move which has been harshly criticised by Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Lynn Boylan.

Speaking from Brussels today, Ms. Boylan said;

“The Council has given its support to a wide range of initiatives which will increase arms spending, cause conflicts and contribute to global instability.

“Using public money to fund arms companies and spending more on military projects will not increase Europe's security. Instead, it clears the way for more arms exports to fuel conflicts around the world and for more disastrous western interventions such as those in Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

“The Irish government needs to clarify that they do not support the militarisation of the EU which threatens Irish neutrality, and ensure that Irish contributions to the EU budget are not used to pay for weapons in countries like France and Germany.

“Instead of protecting our neutral position like the Maltese Government did, Fine Gael have decided to blindly follow their colleagues in the European Peoples Party who have vested interests in the arms industry.”

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