The Sunday Times has reported that that the UK will have to relinquish the NATO post of Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR).
A British officer has held one of NATO’s top positions as DSACEUR for much of the period since its creation in 1951, and the position is currently held by British General Sir James Everard.
An MOD spokesperson said:
“There are no plans whatsoever to change DSACEUR from being a British officer, nor have there been any calls for this.
The Military Committee is NATO’s highest military authority and the Chairman the alliance’s senior military officer. The nomination of the Chief of the Defence Staff for election to the role demonstrates the UK’s unwavering commitment to the NATO alliance and its standing within it.”
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
“The fact that a Briton holds such a senior military role underlines our leading role in NATO.
With recent commitments to 500 troops in Estonia, more troops in Afghanistan and the renewal our nuclear deterrent, we’ve never been more committed to the NATO alliance.”