EU Battlegroups

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Rosie Duffield Rosie Duffield Labour, Canterbury

What recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the Government's decision to withdraw from leading the EU battlegroup in 2019.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

In March this year, given ongoing negotiations about post-Brexit arrangements between the UK and EU, we decided to withdraw our provisional offer to lead an EU Battlegroup in the second half of 2019.

Our decision gave good time for another Member State to take on the role.

The UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement has confirmed that the UK may not lead an EU Battlegroup during the Implementation Period.

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