EU Defence Policy

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 9th January 2019.

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Photo of Nia Griffith Nia Griffith Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what level of participation the UK will have in (a) the European Defence Agency, (b) Common Security and Defence Policy missions and operations, (c) the EU Military Command, (d) the EU Military Staff, (e) the European Defence Fund, and (f) the Permanent Structured Cooperation if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

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

Delivering the deal negotiated with the EU remains the Government's top priority. This has not changed. While our focus remains on securing agreement with the EU, the Ministry of Defence, like the rest of Government, is also preparing for "No Deal". This planning is focused on ensuring that our supply chains are resilient and to minimise disruption to our bases and people in Europe.

In a No Deal scenario, the UK would have to withdraw from Common Security and Defence Policy missions and operations - both military and civilian, and associated personnel seconded to the EU institutions. The UK would continue to act through other multilateral fora, including through the UN and NATO. Similarly, the UK would not be able to participate in research and industrial cooperation or projects through the European Defence Agency, European Defence Fund, or Permanent Structured Cooperation. The UK would continue to support our defence industrial base: the UK has the largest defence budget in Europe and the UK's defence market is one of the most open and competitive in the world.

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