Bri­tain will op­pose for­ma­tion of an Euro­pean Union army

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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