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UK to BLOCK hated EU army plan in final blow to Juncker’s Brussels superstate plot

BRITAIN is set to veto Jean-Claude Juncker’s plan for an EU army in a parting shot as Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said there can be no rival to NATO.


Britain is set to veto any plans put forward by Jean-Claude Juncker for an EU army

European Commission president Juncker, along with Germany and France, has drawn up a timetable to create a “common military force” to rival defence bloc NATO.But Britain’s Defence Secretary has vowed to block proposals as long as the UK remains in the Union.

Sir Michael Fallon said: “We are full members of the EU and we will go on resisting any attempt to set up a rival to NATO.


Sir Michael Fallon vowed to block the controversial proposals

We are full members of the EU and we will go on resisting any attempt to set up a rival to NATO

Sir Michael Fallon

“We have always been concerned about unnecessarily duplicating what we already have in NATO.”Former Luxembourg prime minister Juncker wants to set up the EU army by June next year, operating from a centralised HQ and with a mandate to carry out “military interventions in crises”.

British taxpayers could be on the hook for around £825 million if the scheme goes ahead.

But a document from an EU summit in Slovakian capital Bratislava – to which the UK was not invited – does not explicitly state that such “crises” would have to happen abroad.This has sparked fears the supra-national force could be used to crush anti-Brussels demonstrations.

Eurocrats have reacted with fury to British plans to sink the EU defence plan.

One top diplomat said: “Threatening to block what we want to do is not going to make an already difficult negotiation easier when Britain comes cap in hand on Brexit next year.”German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for Britain to engage with the EU plan, stressing that the UK officially remains a part of the Union.

She said: “We need more co-operation, particularly in the area of defence, and a lot more needs to be done on the Franco-German plan.

“The UK remains a member of the EU and all of these issues have to be discussed.”The controversial plan comes after European Council president Donald Tusk claimed the EU was ready to start exit negotiations with Britain “tomorrow”.

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European Council president Donald Tusk told the summit Brexit will happen by early next year

Former Poland prime minister Tusk added Theresa May told him she would be ready to trigger Article 50 by February 2017.Once Article 50 is invoked, the UK can begin the formal process of cutting ties with Brussels.

Britain will have two years in which to thrash out new trade deals and decide which EU regulations to keep or throw out.

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Sir Michael Fallon’s comment will only hold good until May takes one of the legal measures to leave the Union! After that, it’s outside pressure. And any EU-Army [in addition to the existing EGF] will be largely French – because none of the other 27 nations make defence contributions or have national military worth the name and cost of maintaining it.

Stephen Tayler
Stephen Tayler

This is one reason why I voted out, One of a great many it must be said. My loyalty is to the queen of England and not to the EU and my loyalties will never will be to the corrupt, bankrupt, power crazy empire builders of the EU. I have thought for some time now that global conflict is coming and it is being hastened along by these idiots in the EU. History should remind them of an empire that has run its course.

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