Ireland’s opt-out from the EU’s common defence pact is about to become very relevant

The new reality we now face requires us to pursue a very nuanced foreign policy with all our neighbours

17th December, 2017

Article 42 of the Lisbon Treaty provides that common defence “shall be an integral part of the common foreign and security policy”. It states that this would entail the “progressive framing” of a “common Union defence policy” which would come into force “when the European Council acting unanimously so decides”.

However, when the Irish people rejected the Lisbon Treaty in 2008, the member states of the EU agreed...

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