Brexit and Defence Integration – a short summary

This PDF attached is the 3-page document we’ve been circulating in October 2017 to describe the risk for the UK from staying in parts of EU Defence Union, as proposed in the UK Government’s Foreign Policy, Defence and Development Future Partnership Paper.

The Government paper, released in September 2017, says:

“75. As part of the deep and special partnership, the UK wants to explore how best to ensure that the UK and European defence and security industries can continue to work together to deliver the capabilities that we need to counter the shared threats we face, and promote our mutual prosperity. This could include future UK collaboration in European Defence Agency projects and initiatives. We could also consider options and models for participation in the Commission’s European Defence Fund including both the European Defence Research Programme and the European Defence Industrial Development Programme. Our future partnership would mean European capabilities could be developed in support of our joint security and shared values, with the UK’s research and development expertise, and its world-leading facilities, such as the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, used to support shared objectives.”

Despite the apparently innocuous wording, the recently-created structures mentioned in the excerpt above all involve UK authority to be delegated to a collective decision-making process of EU+2nd countries (at present Norway is the only 2nd country and the UK would be another if the above proposals apply). British public opposition to EU involvement in UK defence has always been higher than in any other topic and we cannot allow this to happen at the very moment we’re leaving.

Brexit and EU Defence Integration Oct2017