Van Orden: EU defence report "ignores the impact of Brexit".

04-Sep-2017 @ 19:00

Geoffrey Van Orden Geoffrey Van Orden

Geoffrey Van Orden Geoffrey Van Orden

Geoffrey Van Orden Geoffrey Van Orden

Van Orden: EU defence report "ignores the impact of Brexit".

A new report recommending the EU "takes its destiny into its own hands" on defence sidelines NATO and totally fails to address the impact of Brexit, a senior Conservative MEP said tonight.

Defence Spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden said the annual report on the implementation of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy was clearly making the case for an EU army. Yet it failed to make any recommendations for the EU's future defence relationship with the UK.

He told MEPs: "If you are talking about European security, surely the key issue for you is the nature of the EU's future relationship with the UK, the most powerful military power in Europe. Yet Brexit barely gets a mention. That needs to change."

Conservatives believe defence and security should remain issues for national governments and that it is the revitalisation of NATO – which binds the US to the security of Europe – which should be the focus of the EU's efforts.  

Mr Van Orden added: "Why the EU imagines it is the sole guardian of Western values and the sole actor in their protection is beyond me. 

"If you ask the people of Eastern European states whether they have confidence in the European Union being responsible for their security I know what answer you would get. They would have no confidence whatsoever."

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