Ireland’s new MEPs must oppose EU ‘War Tax’ – Tóibín
The leader of Aontú has called on Ireland's newly elected MEPs to oppose what he terms as an EU ‘War Tax’. Peadar Tóibín TD said that the European Peace Facility (EPF), a plan to train and equip foreign military, will not only lead to more wars but will also put an added tax on the Irish people.
Speaking today Deputy Tóibín said:
“The EPF has been proposed to cover the costs of EU military operations and peace missions, as well as to equip and finance armed forces of countries outside the EU bloc for the next seven years. The initial budgetary cap, set at €10.5 billion, is expected to be contributed by the EU member states. This means another tax on the Irish people. It also means that our neutrality will be void as we will be directly financing foreign wars.
“Ask any representative of either the Dáil or local government, and they are likely to tell you that they support Ireland’s traditional neutral status and oppose any moves to drag us into foreign wars. Yet, the EPF clearly represents the end of our neutrality and makes us as a nation implicit in military actions in the Middle East and beyond.
“Ireland’s newly elected MEPs must make their position on the EPF known immediately. They must accept that as representatives of this nation they are under a moral onus to reject this war mongering act. There needs to be more national focus on what these MEPs are accepting in Brussels.”