The People’s Movement campaigns against any measures that further develop the EU into a federal super-state and works to defend and enhance popular sovereignty, democracy and social justice in Ireland.
Billions for the EU’s wars
With billions in arms programmes at the EU and national levels, the European Union is seeking to become an operating global military power. At its last summit it agreed not only to enhance co-operation among the member states’ armed forces to facilitate their combat deployment—for example in Africa—but also to rapidly establish a “defence fund” to reallocate funds from civilian to military use.
In a few years, Brussels will already be allocating €1½ billion annually for both research and development of new military technology.
“…we now have developing in the state [of Ireland] what is in essence a layer of career militarists, linked to their European peers, who see themselves as being already part of a European army. – The People’s News
Ray Bassett was part of the Irish Government Talks Team during the Belfast Agreement negotiations and later served as Irish Ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas. He is the author of After Brexit: will Ireland be next to exit? published by Policy Exchange.
The Irish political class never really countenanced that Brexit would occur. Rather, there was a general assumption that the referendum might produce a close result, but that the Remainers would carry the day. There was initial confusion in Dublin after the vote, therefore, as the Irish Government apparatus scrambled to come to terms with the unexpected outcome.
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People’s News Headline: “The future of princes without sovereignty”
The Italian prime minister, Giuliano Amato, later vice-president of the EU Constitutional Convention, in an interview with Barbara Spinelli, La Stampa (Turin), 13 July 2000.
“One must act as if in Europe as if one wanted only very few things, in order to obtain a great deal. As if nations were to remain sovereign, in order to convince them to surrender their sovereignty. The Commission in Brussels, for example, must act as if it were a technical organism, in order to operate like a government ; And so on, camouflaging and toning down. The sovereignty lost at national level does not pass to any new subject. It is entrusted to a faceless entity: NATO, the UN and eventually the EU.
Ed – If you have read the “Independent” recently you will have seen the comments their articles on Brexit attract. For example
We know Brexit will be a disaster for UK so now the right-wing filth want a suicide pact with ireland. Tory vermin, Tory vomit, Tory filth- utter scum
are a good indicator of the left extremist readership the Independent has been catering to. Have a look at the stream of baseless anti-brexit assertions in the article’s comments.
It has to be remembered Ireland has been ‘second referendomed’ when it has rejected constitutional changes subsequently sneaked in through the Lisbon “treaty”. These commenters want to keep Ireland in an EU dictatorship intent on the destruction of Ireland’s existence as a nation state. Did the Irish ever vote for that? The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland along with Irish Republic have common cause in getting out of the EU dictatorship’s grasp as free and independent democracies.
Independent Headline: Irexit? Ireland should ‘seriously consider’ EU withdrawal, says think tank
Policy Exchange recommends Republic following UK out of Europe while negotiating best possible trade terms with member states
This issue of People’s News has an unusual number of articles on military matters, and regular readers will have noticed that over the past few months these types of articles have steadily increased in number. This reflects the alarmingly rapid development of an EU army and its support mechanisms. It is a development about which there is very little awareness in Ireland, and one that may have serious implications for us all.
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EU’s Federica Mogherini: “The EU is in a unique position to provide global security”
The European Union is in a unique position to provide global security, according to Federica Mogherini, the EUڈs head of foreign affairs and vice-president of the EU Commission, who stated that the EU had both the “hard”and the “soft”power needed to accomplish the task Speaking in Estonia, she said: “There is a European way to security that is never purely and only military. You take any crisis or security threat in the world of today, and you realise that the hard power, the military means are always necessary but never enough.
“The European Union has this unique mix of hard power that needs to be increased because itڈs not enough, what we have now, but we have at the same time the soft power. And this is a unique mix if we manage to increase our hard power, position ourselves in a place that can be very helpful for our partners in the world to tackle some security issues”
If the bloc had the “political courage”to take on the role it could become an institution that provides worldwide security“So I think that the work we have ahead of us is huge but we have, if we are self-confident and we take the political courage to use the potential we have, we could be indeed the security provider for European regions, and more largely the world”
Extracted from the People’s News Newsletter: No. 168 23 May 2017(PDF)