In response to Tony Blair saying Europe must develop a strong foreign and defence policy, UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall said: "How utterly astonishing that Tony Blair, the warmonger, after stating that he wants the EU to have a stronger foreign and defence policy, should then call UKIP backwards? He must be bored without foreign wars to wage and has totally forgotten that the sort of pan-continental military he would no doubt love to rule would not be out of place in Cold War USSR.
"No Mr Blair, UKIP is forward-thinking, not backwards. We want a nimble and free United Kingdom, with strong ties across the entire globe, not a glacial paced, economically stagnant, outmoded continental block that is not fit for purpose in the 21st century. Our view is that of international trade, not myopic regional warfare underpinned by stifling interdependency."