EUROPEAN CONSCIENCE - Brexit and now a European defence plan
The European Commission fields a plan to support technological research and a shared military capacity. A defence force could be the result.
- Monday, 27 February 2017
There is a country in the European Union that by itself accounts for one-fifth of the overall defence spending of all member states (approximately 50 billion euro out of a total of €239 billion in 2015) and contributes over 10% of all of the troops available to the EU (154,000 out of 1.5 million soldiers), according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies.. That very same country, however, decided to leave the Union last June: the United Kingdom. While many of the political and economic effects of Brexit are still uncertain and dependant on the future negotiated relationship between London and Brussels, initial changes are already taking place in the defence sector. And at first glance, they don't appear to be that negative for the EU.