UKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has called for any military mission to combat people traffickers in the on-going Mediterranean migrant crisis, to be both mandated and led by the United Nations in co-operation with NATO, rather than by the European Union, saying, “The EU has neither the military experience and infrastructure, nor the diplomatic experience to complete a mission of this magnitude successfully.”
Speaking from Brussels, Mike said, “While we must take urgent action to end the loss of life in the on-going Mediterranean migrant crisis, we should stick with the well tried and tested command and control structures of the UN and NATO. What must not happen is that British troops are deployed in a thrown together European force that could further inflame the situation.”
“The on-going Libyan civil war means that the country is highly fragmented and very dangerous from both a diplomatic and military stand point. Any military incursion must be carefully thought out so as to not make the situation worse than it already is following our last disastrous intervention to replace Gaddafi.”
“To me, any joint military action led by the EU involving British forces is simply the EU taking advantage of the migrant crisis to push towards the creation of an EU army. This is especially evident following recent calls by EU President Jean Claude Junkers and German Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leyen for the creation of such a force.”
Mike’s comments are made following the publication in the Guardian of an EU Strategy paper, which calls for a military air, sea and possibly ground force incursion into Libya to combat people traffickers in the Mediterranean.