British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has poured cold water on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron’s idea for a European army – labelling such a notion as “crazy” and “dangerous”.
Williamson, responding to Merkel and Macron’s call for a ‘real and true European army,’ which also incurred the wrath of US President Donald Trump, claimed he could never sanction such a move for Britain as it would undermine NATO, the Daily Mail reports.
“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. To begin discussing a new EU army is dangerous and undermines the security that NATO underwrites,” Williamson said.
Williamson criticized both countries for not contributing 2 percent of their GDP to defence – a NATO guideline.