EU Defence Ministers Meet In Finland

Posted on August 29, 2019

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace is among those present for his first meeting of defence ministers.

Professor Malcolm Chalmers from the Royal United Services Institute told Forces News that Brexit is not on the official agenda, but is likely to be discussed informally:

“Would we withdraw our forces from Estonia and Poland and the Baltic Sea if we don’t get the Brexit we want? No, I don’t think that’s the case at all, and nor should it be. I don’t see any indication from the Johnson administration that they’re prepared to use defence as a bargaining chip in that way.”

He went on to say he does not believe Britain’s commitment to NATO will not be affected by any outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

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