By UKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP
UKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP took Ed Miliband to task over his comments on an EU Army in the leaders debate of last night, and accused Miliband of misleading the British people.
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MEP Hookem said:
“Ed, you are completely wrong. There are currently EU battle groups, there are ongoing military EU missions today, there will be an EU army and the UK has already signed up to be part of it.
“It is a simple fact that the UK is under EU treaty obligation.
“There are EU Treaty clauses on ‘mutual defence’ (Art. 42(7) TEU) and ‘solidarity’ (Art. 222 TFEU), which require Member States to respond ‘by all the means in their power’ if a Member State is attacked
“The dominant political leader in the EU, Angela Merkel has called for a European Army in 2010 as has EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker. March 2015.
Still not convinced? At present, there are EU battle groups with military capabilities, these are listed by EU External Action Service.
“Since 2002, the European Union has become increasingly active abroad under the Common Security and Defence Policy . It has engaged in 30 operations, using civilian and military instruments in several countries in three continents Fifteen of these operations are currently ongoing,.
“Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said recently that the European Union is not about peace, but about power.
“And just as Tony Blair misled the British people about reasons to go to war in Iraq, so Ed Miliband is I believe, misleading us about the current intentions of EU leaders to create an EU army of which the UK will be part. “