Press release from Bill Etheridge, UKIP Defence Spokesman, on the EU Army

Britain should have no part to play in this EU army

ISSUE DATE: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

UKWest Midlands UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge, the newly appointed Defence spokesman, has highlighted proposals by the EU Committee on Budgets for the financing of the European Army.

Amongst the suggested “benefits” of creating a joint defence force is the alleged savings of €26bn if the various member states co-ordinate the purchasing of required equipment. An end to duplication and over-capacity are suggested as ways of saving money.

References are also made to the “full use of possibilities in the Lisbon Treaty”. When Nigel Farage alleged that these clauses were going to lead to a European army, Nick Clegg called him a “dangerous fantasist”.

The document talks about transparent control of funding, despite the €5 – €6bn that goes missing out of the EU budget annually.

Also in the proposals was confirmation that funding would come from “additional appropriations”, euro-speak for national contributions, meaning UK funding could increase despite the vote to leave the increasingly federal superstate.

Mr Etheridge, who is also a Sedgley councillor, said

“Once again Nigel Farage’s predictions have come true and he is entirely vindicated.

“An army is one of the signs of a nation state and shows that the United States of Europe is nearly here. Theresa May and the rest of our government MUST press on with a full Brexit as soon as possible.

“The UK army will need to duplicate certain areas of the EU force to ensure our security going forward.

“We have to have our fully independent armed forces ready and able to defend our country for when we leave in a little over two years time.

“We should not be paying extra for the set-up of this Euro army either, since we are not going to benefit from it.

“NATO has kept us safe since the end of the second world war. Anything that threatens that treaty is a dangerous thing for world peace.”


For further information please call Martin Day, Accredited Parliamentary Aide to Bill Etheridge MEP, on + or 07913 599697.

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