3rd April 2014: At the Mini-Plenary Session yesterday afternoon at the European Parliament in Brussels, Andrew Brons made the following contribution, under the Catch the Eye procedure, to a debate on a Common European Union Foreign and Security Policy.
"The EEAS seeks to develop a common policy and only then persuade or cajole member states to adhere to it.
"I am in favour of joint action but only when it is necessary and it must be based on prior agreement on objectives and a genuine commonality of interest and not a shared desire for aggressive adventurism.
"Paragraph 25 states that there is a strong link between development and conflict prevention. European states should therefore stop fomenting conflict in other countries. That can cause devastating recession and dire poverty.
"The greatest reason for stagnation in the poorest of countries is a dearth of talent. This is made worse by Northern countries looting what talent they have - generation after generation. We must reverse the brain drain and encourage their brightest and best to re-invest their abilities in the countries of their birth or descent."