Watch | Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan MEP criticises EU’s priorities

luke ming flanagan criticises EU military plan

Midlands North West MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan has hit out at the European Union and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in a speech in the European Parliament.

Flanagan criticised the militarisation of the EU and funding cuts to the agriculture sector from 2021 to 2027.

He said that the EU’s priority is clear: “fighting before feeding.”

“After all these years of peace,” he said, “we are to become a war machine.”

PESCO was activated by 25 states EU states including Ireland in December 2017.

The aim of PESCO is to deepen defence cooperation between EU Member States who are capable and willing to do so and to  develop defence capabilities and make them available for EU military operations.

However the Left-wing GUE/NGL EU Parliament group, which includes Flanagan, Sinn Féin and the Greek ruling party Syriza, is critical of this part of the EU’s security and defence policy .

Watch an excerpt from Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s speech below.