Britain Rejects EU Army Proposal

Britain Rejects EU Army Proposal

BRUSSELS — The UK has strongly rejected any possibility of a European army being created following a proposal along those lines made by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

“Our position is crystal clear that defence is a national, not an EU, responsibility and that there is no prospect of that position changing and no prospect of a European army,” said a UK government spokesperson.

However, in a recent press statement, the European Federalist Party (EFP) welcomed the proposal to create a European army to face the threat represented by an increasingly assertive Russia as well as other security threats.

“Of course any army must be under democratic oversight, which requires the European Union to make a step further in the process of European integration towards a federal Europe with a stronger role for the European Parliament,” said Pietro De Matteis, the president of the European Federalist Party.

Daniel Keohane, research director at the European think tank FRIDE, said he does not see it as a feasible proposal.

“There’s no point in talking about an army unless you’re talking about a federal state,” Keohane told Defense News. “You need to be clear who is the political authority controlling it and who pays for it.”

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