EU Army plans risk muddying lines of command and fragmenting unity

Published Jun 21, 2017

UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge, the party’s Defence Spokesman, lambasted the EU today as the threat of a European Army marched ever closer.

One of Germany’s most senior defence officials became the latest to add his voice to calls for a European army.

Hans-Peter Bartels, Germany’s national defence commissioner, called for NATO’s EU members to organise their militaries into a single force.

Mr Bartels used the criticism of President Trump as justification, saying Europe’s defences were “too fragmented”.

Mr Etheridge, MEP for the West Midlands, said: "From Nick Clegg’s 'Dangerous fantasy', we see the reality taking shape.

“Bring the EU NATO forces together under one umbrella, risks muddying the lines of command and fragmenting the unity that has prevented a world scale war for more than 70 years.

“This just shows why it is so important to get a clean Brexit. Imagine our armed forces, instead of swearing allegiance to the Queen, doing the same to a cognac-swilling Jean-Claude Juncker!”

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