A REFERENDUM should be called to prevent Ireland being ‘sleepwalked into a European Army’, Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said.
She was commenting as Sinn Féin TD’s prepare to table a bill seeking a referendum that, if passed, would see Ireland’s policy of neutrality enshrined in the constitution.
Urging support for the bill on Tuesday, Martina Anderson said:
“Several European leaders have openly called for the establishment of an EU army in the future.
“Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour cannot be trusted to protect our neutrality – they blindly follow the path of EU militarisation and have voted against a referendum on this issue in the past.
“78% of Irish people, in a survey commissioned by Red C, agreed that ‘Ireland should have a policy of neutrality’.
“It is high time for the Irish people to have their say on this issue before we are sleepwalked into a European Army in the future.
“I am calling on the Dáil to stand up for our Neutrality, support the wishes of the Irish people and support the Sinn Féin PMB on Tuesday evening,” added the MEP.