Leading the charge against EU meddling in Defence
In the real world, the EU should have nothing to do with defence. For many years now I have led the opposition to the EU's costly, divisive and misplaced military ambitions.
I have always argued that our armed forces are the ultimate expression of our national sovereignty and security, and of our ability to project influence in the world. Typically, EU activity in these matters is a complete distraction from the real task of generating more defence capability, having the political will to meet serious security challenges, and guaranteeing the future vitality and cohesion of NATO.
The EU brings no additional military capabilities to the table. An autonomous EU defence policy is a costly, divisive and unnecessary initiative, and is primarily an instrument to further European political integration.