EU Countries: Armed Forces

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 22nd November 2018.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the proposal by President Macron to create a European army.

Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the UK would allow British service personnel to become part of a European army in the event that such an army is established.

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

The creation of a European Army has never formally been proposed at European Union (EU) level and we do not believe that it would receive widespread support. The UK, along with other EU member states, has been clear that it will not support any measure that competes with NATO, or undermines member states' sovereign control of their own military.

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