Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told the annual Munich Security Conference that the UK would not be stepping back from its role in European security.
Britain’s leadership this year is demonstrated by two new major commitments to the NATO Alliance, according to a press release:
“Leading NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, otherwise known as the ‘spearhead force’.
This UK-led NATO Brigade is ready and willing to respond to any threat the Alliance faces and shows how NATO is strengthening its collective defence and deterrence.
Deploying a battle group of around 800 personnel to lead in Estonia NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence, another way in which NATO is stepping up to deter threats. Britain will deploy as part of the battle group the United States is leading in Poland, with over 100 troops.
The Defence Secretary also met with his German counterpart, Ursula von der Leyen, where he discussed the unprecedented level of cooperation between the two countries. Sir Michael also welcomed Germany’s commitment to increase its defence spending.”
Speaking at the Munich Secretary Conference, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
“Britain is committed to Europe’s security, and we’re stepping up our engagement internationally. Whether defeating Daesh in Iraq and Syria, deploying with our NATO Allies to deter threats, or engaging globally to help countries develop their security, Britain is playing a major role – and will continue to do so.”