Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has downplayed the role played by the EU in British defence ahead of a meeting with his US counterpart James Mattis.
In a press release ahead of a meeting with his US counterpart, he said:
“Our defence relationship with the US is unprecedented in its depth and scope.
As we leave the EU, our bilateral relationships matter more than ever, so we’ll be enhancing our cooperation and investing more in our joint F-35 fast jet programme.
When Britain leaves the EU, around 80% of NATO defence spending will be non-EU, and three out of the four countries leading NATO’s enhanced forward presence in eastern Europe will be non-EU members.”
It is understood that the pair will discuss ways to encourage other alliance members to spend more on defence.