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EU Reform: Armed Forces

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the likely impact of the EU Reform Treaty on UK military operations. (154255)

The current arrangements for UK military operations will not be affected by the EU Reform Treaty. The Treaty maintains the inter-governmental nature of the European Security and Defence Policy. It will not affect the UK’s ability to undertake military operations, whether national or in a multilateral framework. The UK will continue to make forces available for EU-led operations on a voluntary and case-by-case basis. The launch of any EU operation requires unanimity among member states, therefore UK consent and any decision to deploy UK troops for an EU-led operation rests with the Government.