It has been announced today that Britain has offered the French air force the use of RAF Akrotiri on Cyprus to mount air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria with the offer including help to refuel French fighters make long-range sorties against the militants.
Though it has been not reported widely, a clarification statement by the Ministry of Defence confirms that the offer comes under Article 42 of the Lisbon Treaty, a clause which was invoked last week for the first time in the European Unions's history by the French government triggering mutual defence among the 28 EU member states.
In response UKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP said; "While I don't think anyone would object to the French using RAF Akrotiri as a diversionary airfield; for me this is the first steps in a concerted attempt by the EU to create an EU Army, with the assets being grabbed from member states such as the UK."
"I am also deeply concerned that the offer by David Cameron to use sovereign UK territory to be used as a base for French aircraft to bomb Syria, is pre-emptive of the vote for UK involvement that was announced in the SDSR statement today."
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage added: "Even before the House of Commons has voted, Britain is now being dragged into military action in Syria as France now have the option of operating from an RAF base under an EU treaty."