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EU Defence Policy

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Steven Baker Steven Baker Conservative, Wycombe

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on the UK's defence capability being subject to the EU's Coordinated Annual Review on Defence after the UK has left the EU.

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

The Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD) is a stocktake of EU Member State plans for defence spending and capability development. Non-EU countries do not participate. The UK will, however, continue to call for full coherence between CARD and NATO's Defence Planning Process to avoid unnecessary duplication and to address issues of common interest such as interoperability of military forces.

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