The claim that Britain will be forced to join an EU army unless it leaves the EU is not correct.
The website ‘Full Fact’ is an independent and impartial fact checking charity based in the UK. Their conclusion reads:
“Incorrect. The UK has a veto on EU military policy so couldn’t be forced to participate in an EU army.”
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The post claims that Britain will be forced to join an EU army unless the UK leaves the EU. It includes a screenshot of a 2016 article in the Express reporting then-armed forces minister Penny Mordaunt saying this during the EU referendum campaign.
The article discussing the claim, which can be found here, adds:
“The UK could not be “forced” to participate in EU military policies even if we stay in the EU.
Whether or not EU nations wish to create an “EU army”, and regardless of what that might actually entail, the European Commission can’t propose laws about security or defence. On issues like this, member countries effectively have a veto, so the UK would only take part if it chose to.”
“The EU does have various policies for defensive and security cooperation. For example, under the Common Security and Defence Policy, EU countries can pool military funding and resources. The UK participates in military operations through this policy.
The EU has also established Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) a strategy which aims to “jointly develop defence capabilities and make them available for EU military operations” which the UK has chosen not to participate in.”
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