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The Government’s position on the military and the EU

In its latest positioning paper, the Government has set out its view on liaising with military operations in the EU.

It has offered to contribute military assets to EU operations, cooperate on sanctions and agree joint positions on foreign policy as part of a deep security partnership with the EU after Brexit.

In a renewed demonstration of the UK’s commitment to European security, the latest future partnership paper signals the Government’s willingness to partner with the EU in the face of ever-growing global threats.

It makes clear the UK will seek to use our assets, capabilities and influence to combat the shared challenges facing the continent – including illegal migration, terrorism, cyber and state-based threats and amounts to a security partnership ‘that is deeper than any other third country and that reflects our shared interest’.

There is a significant amount of collaboration between the UK and EU on defence, security and development.

The paper lays out how Britain will want to build a new partnership with the EU that goes beyond existing third country arrangements, and reflects our shared interests and values of upholding democracy and protecting peace across Europe and the world.


Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis said:

“After we leave the European Union we will continue to face shared threats to our security, our shared values and our way of life. It’s in our mutual interest to work closely with the EU and its member states to challenge terrorism and extremism, illegal migration, cyber-crime, and conventional state-based military aggression.

Today’s paper highlights Britain’s world class diplomacy and defence capabilities, our leading contribution to international development, and our desire to continue to use these as part of a deep and special partnership with the EU.”


Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:

“As we leave the EU, the UK’s commitment to European security is undiminished. We will pursue a global foreign policy, and continue to work in partnership with our neighbours to promote peace, democracy and security in our continent and across the world.

In recent years, the European Union has helped achieve crucial foreign policy goals – from bringing Iran to the negotiating table, to uniting in response to Russian aggression in Ukraine. We want this EU role to continue after we leave.

This is why, in addition to stronger relations with EU member states, we also envisage a strong UK-EU partnership on foreign and defence policy following our departure. This will allow us to continue our work in tackling the shared challenges we face worldwide.”


Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:

“At a time of increased threats and international instability the UK remains unwavering in its commitment to uphold European security. With the largest defence budget in Europe, the largest Navy British troops and planes deployed across land, air and sea in Europe, our role in the continent’s defence has never been more vital.

As we leave the EU, the UK and our European allies will ensure a close partnership that meets these shared challenges head-on.”


The paper highlights the UK’s successful military cooperation with the EU on tackling piracy off the Horn of Africa, to joint defence projects with the EU – including the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

The UK has the largest defence budget in Europe, and is the only European country that meets both the NATO target of spending 2 per cent of GDP on defence, with 20 per cent of this on equipment, and the UN target of spending 0.7 per cent of gross national income (GNI) on international development.

The UK has also committed to invest at least 50 per cent of development spend in fragile states and regions. The UK and France are the two European permanent members of the UN Security Council and the only European countries with an independent nuclear deterrent, while UK proscriptions and asset freezes are the basis of many of the EU sanctions on terrorist organisations.






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10 Comments on The Government’s position on the military and the EU

  1. Simon,

    So, how do we show our displeasure?

    On twitter, on facebook, gimme a break.

  2. UKIP should be all over this. Our prime partners in defence are NATO. What has our esteemed defence spokesman had to say on the subject. I don’t know. Can anyone tell me?

    “The paper will talk about a defence relationship ‘closer than any third country’. BUT IN PLAIN WORDS THAT amounts to the UK staying in the recently agreed EU Defence Union agreements just as Norway has agreed to do. Also, just like Norway, it means the UK submitting to EU common defence policy, EU defence directives and European Defence Agency membership, which are all conditions the EU has placed on the UK for this kind of arrangement. This is all dangerous and puts the UK on a trajectory to EU defence union.

    “It puts control of our future direction, strategy and even foreign policy squarely into the hands of the EU. This is in any case unnecessary because our defence relationship with EU member states should instead be conducted via NATO. The EU has declared defence autonomy from NATO.

    “UK ministers consented to defence union agreements after the Brexit vote and we were told that it was because the UK would have no part in them. Yet the government is now allowing these gradual and erosive commitments to the EU to stand. It means a hollowing out of UK Parliamentary authority over UK defence particularly BY STEALTH where defence procurement and the collective ownership of assets are concerned. The EU has put in place policy which dictates that collectively-owned assets on land, air, sea and space are also subject collective policy. The collective nature of defence assets and policy is at present only conceptual but it is agreed and is timetabled to be vast within just a few years.” – Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British Forces, Afghanistan

  4. In my experience the best negotiators are highly praised and as thick as planks. They aren’t allowed to give anything away,and have to have permission to accept anything.

  5. The Tories couldn’t lie straight in bed.

  6. Signalling our military and foreign policy intentions to the EU at this stage of the negotiations is a big mistake. We need to keep our powder dry and make them sweat. Moreover, Brexit should be a wake up call to reinvigorated our decimated Armed Forces and defence manufacturers.

    • John, absolutely right and leads me to the question of which side “our” negotiators are actually working for. I’m sure that there are many real negotiators in the private sector who could have been employed instead of the inept wimps we have in government. Perhaps they would have been too good.

  7. You might care to look at the articles on


    To see how busy Mrs May and Fallon have been re integrating our Forces with the EU…

    And, if you have not seen how Mrs Merkel is training her troops, check out “Barcelona: the hypocrisy of sorrow.”
    The author refers to a previous article he has written….worth reading as NATO are involved…

  8. “a deep security partnership”

    As I wrote in my article on Defence (back in January I believe) there is already an unacceptable alliance with the EU which led to reductions in our armed forces and the too early scrapping of our aircraft carriers together with AWACS aircraft at an almost completed stage of their construction.

    Such a level of cooperation has already prejudiced our ability to defend ourselves as an independent sovereign nation and is already closely allied with the plans of the globalists.

    Furthermore one may easily imagine a scenario where a populist uprising against the agenda of a globalist controlled government would be quelled by use of EU forces; exactly the same issue presented by existing close cooperation with the EU military as an EU member state which many already opposed.

    Maybe the phoenix might arise from the ashes of the present day UKIP with the curtailment of such cooperation as a key policy. Hopefully (?) we might see some comment on this most serious issue from the leadership candidates.

  9. Translation: “Despite Brexit, we will continue our long-held plan to merge the UK’s dwindling military into an EU controlled force.”

    *Note to any BBC, SKY or Channel 4 employees, this is the correct use of the term “depite Brexit”

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