DAWN OF THE EU ARMY
THE EU ARMY IS CONFIRMED AFTER 23 MEMBER STATES SIGN UP TO PLEDGE FORCES
- 22 Member states of the EU have signed up to a new defence partnership
- Britain refuses to join saying that it would undermine Nato
The first discussions surrounding the idea of a ‘European Army’ started in the 1950s, though that discussion never came to fruition in the decades since. That’s now all set to change; the EU is celebrating after 22 member states have signed up and agreed to join forces, after a historic defence partnership pledge.
Britain refused to sign the pact, this is more than likely because they are leaving the EU anyway, however, British officials did express a concern that the whole idea of an ‘EU Defence Force’ would potentially undermine NATO.
Interestingly, Denmark also refused to sign the agreement and pledge support. Poland, currently home to NATO forces, only pledged support at the last minute and only agreed to do so if the EU agreed that it would ‘not be competitive with Nato’.
Ireland, Portugal and Malta have also not signed up but have not directly opposed the idea and are free to sign up at a later time should they choose to do so.
EU foreign and defence ministers signed the new pact at around 10.30am GMT and will meet up again next month to cement the agreement into European law.
There will be many questions surrounding the European Union’s ‘defence aims’ as this development has left a number of people feeling unsettled.
The EU has a great deal of political clout and with the support and financial backing of member states an EU army for some is a terrifying prospect.