Britain will oppose formation of an European Union army
BRITAIN will oppose all EU plans for increased military cooperation that could interfere with NATO, despite being about to leave the union, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said yesterday.
“We are going to continue to oppose any idea of an EU army or an EU army headquarters which would simply undermine NATO,” Mr Fallon said at a meeting with his 27 counterparts in Bratislava, where European Union leaders agreed to step up joint military efforts.
Asked if Britain could veto the plans while it still remains a member of the European Union ahead of Brexit, Mr Fallon said, “There is no majority here for an EU army.
“There are a number of other countries who believe with us that cuts across the sovereignty of individual nation states,” he added.
“We agree Europe needs to do more – it’s facing terrorism, it’s facing migration, but undermining NATO is the wrong way to do it.”
EU leaders met without Britain in the Slovakian capital to discuss plans to move forward in the wake of the stunning British vote to leave the bloc on June 23. –