Ireland will have no other option but to join an EU army
It was refreshing to read Ray Kinsella on why Ireland should play no part in an EU army (Irish Independent, December 15).
Though I am in agreement with him on the importance of Ireland maintaining its neutrality within the framework of the EU, I am not at all confident that any exceptions will be tolerated.
Once the UK leaves, the EU will have lost its most meaningful military power, and with Russia becoming more belligerent in its contempt for the EU, there will be pressure by the leading EU powers to rapidly complete their plans for an EU army, along with a common defence, taxation and foreign policy. Any country that objects will be pointed towards the Brexit door and threatened with isolation and penury. That is why it is imperative that the EU humiliates and impoverishes the UK, so that the rest of us will murmur the accepted pieties, genuflect to the wall and behave as "good Europeans".