Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has met his Dutch counterpart to sign an agreement that will strengthen defence relations between the two countries.
The agreement will include a pledge to work more closely across defence and security policy, intelligence and joint exercises. It will also see the exchange of personnel and work towards a UK-Netherlands Amphibious Force.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:
“the UK has stepped up its relationship with the Netherlands – one of our closest and most reliable European allies. We have committed to working more closely to tackle common threats, from cyber security to terrorism, and will be united in our drive for the EU and NATO to work better together.
The UK is stepping forward not back from the global stage and will continue to defend our continent before and after Brexit.”
The Dutch have also committed a company of Marines to the UK-led NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (Land) this year according to a press release.
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Minister of Defence for the Netherlands said:
“I very much value the strong military ties between the UK and the Netherlands. Clearly, our collective security is at stake, and I am convinced that we can only face today’s and tomorrow’s challenges by joining forces. We need each other more than ever. Military cooperation, either bilateral or within NATO-EU, is crucial in securing and safeguarding peace and stability at home and abroad.”