Two Irish MEPs have backed an attempt to impose a lengthy delay on Ukraine join the European Union.
ick Wallace and Clare Daly support moves that could give Ukraine an indefinite delay in recognizing Ukraine as a candidate for EU membership.
Mr Wallace and Ms Daly later released a statement justifying their position, opposing a move supported by all key parties in the European Parliament. This condemned Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, supported sanctions against Russia, and called for maximum support for Ukraine.
The Wallace-Daly statement strongly condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine. But they also warn that the EU’s main political leaders are using the crisis to promote increased militarization of the EU and the return of fossil fuels extracted using environmentally damaging methods. school.
“There is no military solution to this crisis. Ukraine’s policy of overwhelming arms will lead to a state of perpetual conflict,” the statement read. They stressed it was important to hear “voices for peace”.
Sinn Féin MEP Chris MacManus later tweeted to say that his vote on amending Ukraine’s future EU membership was misrecorded and that he had successfully updated the European Parliament’s records. Europe. Sinn Féin’s press office stressed that Mr MacManus’ vote in favor of the main motion regarding Ukraine was consistent with the majority of MEPs.
When asked about the matter, the Sinn Féin press office said that voting errors can occur due to the large volume of amendments. They point to a tweet from Fine Gael’s Séan Kelly, which similarly corrected his own voting record.
The developments come after the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, received a standing ovation following his address to the European Parliament by online link. The President has made an urgent plea to give his country equal European status by admitting them to the EU.
“The European Union will be much stronger with us,” President Zelensky told MEPs, many of whom wore #StandwithUkraine t-shirts.
The eight central and eastern EU member states have publicly called for Ukraine to be granted “official EU candidate status” to quickly open the membership process.
But the Left Group, to which Ireland’s four MEPs belong, has introduced an amendment to the main motion supported by the major parties. The amendment warns that giving Ukraine the status of a candidate risks escalation and pushes things towards “a full-fledged full-fledged war”.
The amendment encourages waiting for a peaceful resolution first – and also a solution to all outstanding Ukraine-Russia disputes. This included the dispute over Russia’s occupation of Crimea and the Donbas regions – which Brussels diplomats said has set a certain high.
EU officials confirmed that the proposed amendment was badly defeated by 546 votes against and only 59 votes in favor. The fuller move, condemning Russia’s act of aggression and calling on the EU to fully support Ukraine, is expected to be endorsed by MEPs.
This includes the European Parliament’s call on the EU Commission to promote full registration of Ukraine’s membership through all channels.
But EU Council President Charles Michel, while welcoming Ukraine’s application, warned that it would be difficult because of divided views among member states.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/wallace-and-daly-vote-for-long-delay-on-ukraines-chance-of-joining-eu-41400042.html Wallace and Daly vote on long delay on Ukraine’s chance to join EU