British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon says the UK will continue opposing a European Union army as long as it remains a member of the bloc because such an army would undermine the NATO military alliance.
Fallon made the comments while addressing the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, central England.
“Leaving the EU does not mean we are stepping back from our commitment to the security of our continent,” Fallon said.
“We will lead in NATO, the cornerstone of our defense, putting troops onto its eastern border next year. But we will go on blocking an EU Army, which would simply undermine NATO.”
Major EU countries like Germany and France hope that Britain’s vote to leave the EU, known as Brexit, as well as London’s need for goodwill in its Brexit negotiations, will leave the possibility for common military proposals.
At a meeting of EU defense ministers last week in the Slovak capital of Bratislava, Fallon said it was up to NATO, not the EU,…