UKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has blasted a call by former Labour Prime Minister, Tony Blair, for the creation of an EU army, saying his comments were nothing more than “self interested bluster from a man some believe to have mislead both the UK and the UN in co-authoring the Iraq war”, but who seemed determined to continue his attempts to “find a role on the EU gravy train.”
Mr Hookem, who has been at the forefront of campaigning against moves for the creation of an EU army said:
“Tony Blair has never made any secret of being an arch Europhile and it is no surprise that he continues to cosy up to the EU.”
“The sad fact is that the creation of a European army would spell the end of the principle of the nation state and once and for all destroy the UK’s national integrity and security.”
Former soldier, Mr Hookem continued saying:
“If you look at other parts of the EU, they soon become bloated, unwieldy and heavily bureaucratic institutions and I have little doubt that an EU army would go the same way.”
“I find it shameful that a former Prime Minister could think of betraying the UK’s armed forces in this way, especially when he knows exactly how proud and professional they are through taking this country into more conflicts than any of his predecessors.
“And perhaps Mr Blair forgets that troops take their oath to The Queen and need government to send them to war in order to have accountability. We know from Iraq he’s not too bothered about the legitimacy required in sending men and women to war, but strength of feeling towards him shows that the rest of us don’t want our forces sent into theatre at the request of another country.
“At the moment we are still waiting for the results of the multi-million pound Chilcot enquiry that has taken years to produce. Until it’s release I would advise Mr Blair to keep his own council on military matters.”