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Wednesday, 9 October 2019 - Brussels Provisional edition

Preparation of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 October 2019 (debate)

  Clare Daly (GUE/NGL). – Mr President, I’m an Irish citizen. I don’t want to see a hard border and I want to see the Good Friday Agreement respected but every time I listen to Mr Verhofstadt, I see the arrogance of the EU institutions displayed in a manner which I find incredibly unhelpful.

In any case, the European Council meeting is going to be discussing the strategic agenda for the next five years, and I have to hand it to you for the no—holds—barred approach taken to the section promoting Europe’s interests and values in the world. Our government, where neutrality is incredibly important to our citizens, like to say that this is kind of about peace and apple pie, that we join up to the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and it doesn’t really mean anything but, actually, your strategic agenda is very clear about the imperial direction in which the EU is going. Talking about defending the interests of the EU, the need to be more assertive, to exercise our influence, work with NATO, enhance our defence investment capability. Is it any wonder that the arms industry say they are our partners, not our vendors? This is an absolute disgrace. If we want to deal with the problems of the world, stop interfering and helping cause them.

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