Skip to comments.Britain backs French plan for European defense force: minister
Posted on 05/06/2018 8:16:02 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Britain is backing a French plan to create a European military intervention force as a way to maintain strong defense ties with the EU after Brexit, a minister told AFP on Saturday.
The British junior defense minister, Frederick Curzon, said London was very keen to support French President Emmanuel Macrons plan for a force that could be deployed rapidly to deal with crises.
The force, known as the European Intervention Initiative, would be separate from other EU defense cooperation, meaning there would be no obstacle to Britain taking part after it leaves the bloc. [ ]
Twenty-five EU countries signed a major defense pact in December, agreeing to cooperate on various military projects, but it is not clear whether Britain would be allowed to take part in any of these after it leaves the bloc.
London has always resisted moves to create anything resembling an EU army, but it has also stressed it wants to continue to have close security ties with the EU after Brexit.
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Basically, they’d run the whole show, and pass the tax requirement onto each country. Eventually...everything will become an EU initiative and no need for individual country legislatures.
May has sold the UK out
I am sure General Pershing refused to allow US troops under foreign command because of the fear that the French and the English, who had already suffered horrendous casualties, would opt to use US troops in situations likely to cause casualties. Even if the British and French didn’t do this, the perception at home would probably be that they had. This would have made Wilson’s and Pershing’s political situation untenable.
Now, imagine that under EU command French troops suffered casualties while other countries got off more likely. And, then there’s the case where troops are sacrificed for other purposes. In WW1 several campaigns were undertaken to relieve pressure from other fronts, not necessarily to gain ground. A Belgian or Polish commander sacrifices German troops when apparently equivalent Belgian or Polish troops were allegedly available. Wow, how will that play in Berlin and on the home front?
A centralized EU force under EU command might sound like good politics now. But it might fly apart under the pressure of war. The most dangerous political climate is that now, not one European power sees a war as even being possible. There effectively is no German navy and there aren’t enough spares to operate the army or air force at any real tempo for very long. Nothing brings war quicker than being unprepared to fight it.
Britain has a uniparty prob, too...
Yes. If the Tories turning on Thatcher (over the EU, no less) didn’t clue everyone in, David Cameron proclaiming himself a “liberal Conservative” and ramming homosexual “marriage” down the kingdom’s throat should have.
The UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of EU, Inc. Bugging out of there almost 400 years ago was the best dang decision the family ever made.
The two countries are Trump’s closest allies.
I’d say only one of the two. And people like Curzon are trying to steer it away from the USA.
Defense force? Against what? The EU faces no invasion threat. This is about building a force for foreign adventures like Libya and Syria.
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