Bosnia and Herzegovina: EU Defence Policy

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 10th April 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 assessment he has made of the potential effect on Operation Althea of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

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

At the Western Balkans Summit in London in July 2018, the Prime Minister was firm in the UK's commitment to supporting stability and security in the Western Balkans.

Since its inception in 2004, the UK has been one of the strongest supporters of Operation Althea in Bosnia and Herzegovina; in supporting its executive mandate at the UN and consistently providing personnel deployments. We intend to maintain a UK contribution to the Operation in the event of a deal and an implementation period.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, a third country agreement would be required between the UK and EU for UK troops to continue as part of EU missions and operations, including Operation Althea. We have made clear to the EU that we are open to reaching such an agreement to ensure continuity of the UK's contribution. In case of no-deal, we have put in place contingency plans to continue UK support to the Western Balkans region.

The UK's other defence commitments in the Western Balkans, including our support to NATO's Kosovo Force (KFOR), will not be affected by any EU Exit scenario.

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