Recipe for peace is flawed

Date published: 14 November 2018


Hot on the heels of French President Emmanuel Macron calling for a European Army now we have Angela Merkel voicing the same rallying call.

As I have pointed out before it was described in 2014 by Nick Clegg as a”dangerous fantasy”, but what do you know, it was mooted by Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the EU Commission, last year.

It is certainly dangerous but looking less and less like a fantasy.

UKIP has always maintained that such an army was part of the European project and as usual UKIP has had the foresight that politicians of other parties lack, either burying their heads in the sand or just being short sighted.

It is no coincidence that the EU is set to expand its defence budget from 2021 allocating £11.3bn over seven years - the army they have always wanted is marching over the hill.

And I fear it is no coincidence that over the years our own Armed Forces have been severely depleted by government cut backs.

All part of a plan to keep us tied to Brussels regardless of what the majority of people in this country actually want.

The idea that this new proposed militarised union is somehow a recipe for peace is terrifyingly flawed.

Paul Nuttall

North West MEP

UK Independence Party

The views expressed are those of the author of the letter and not those of Oldham Chronicle.