The Ministry of Defence has rejected sensationalist claims by a campaign group that British troops will be forced to join an ‘EU army’ even after Britain leaves the European Union.
The claims were corrected by the Ministry of Defence, which confirmed that the UK has always had the sovereign right to deploy military troops and equipment and will continue to do so after Brexit.
A Government spokesperson said:
“Claims that the UK could be forced into any form of EU Army are inaccurate.
The UK has always made our own sovereign decisions on defence spending on where and how to deploy our Armed Forces. This will remain the case as we leave the EU.”
The MoD say that any decision to involve British Armed Forces in co-operative missions with other countries would be taken by the UK based on an assessment of the UK’s best interests.
They also say that the UK is committed to Europe’s security and will continue to demonstrate that commitment through our leading role in NATO and other international organisations. The UK also has extensive bilateral arrangements for defence and security.