PLEDGE host Maajid Nawaz has criticised French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for their “tone deaf” attitude to an EU army as a centralist European army is a “scary idea.”
Earlier this month Emmanuel Macon announced that France’s need for a European army stemmed from the need to protect themselves from China, Russia and the United States of America. This resulted in a backlash from the UK as it is in the process of divorcing from the EU and the US as Donald Trump took to Twitter to voice his unhappiness. On the Pledge Mr Nawaz said: “French Presidents Macron’s announcement of wanting to build an EU army to rival NATO and fend of American influence is a bad idea and comes at an even worse time as it would undermine 70 years of European peace.
“Now as a Remainer I welcome Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson calling it an absolutely crazy idea.
British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson publicly denounced the idea of a European army earlier this week.
Mr Williamson said: It is an absolutely crazy idea. Nato has delivered European security for the last 70 years and we should feel very proud of it.
“Should we undermine that by forming a separate military force? Absolutely not.