Security cannot be protected through military means aloneby Emily Thornberry / June 8, 2016 / Leave a comment
If there’s a campaign equivalent of the silly season, for me it reached a peak when one of the papers carried the headline: “EU army plans kept secret from voters” last month. Even the article itself showed this was complete nonsense. There was no such plan, nothing was being kept secret, and that none of it had anything to do with a so-called “EU army.”
That didn’t stop the Brexiteers though. Conservative MP Liam Fox suggested that the EU was trying to “weaken NATO and undermine our security,” echoing what has become a depressingly familiar refrain in recent weeks. Of course, the “Leave” campaign concentrates on such issues because they do not want to talk about the economy, yet it is precisely the economic impact of Brexit on our nation’s defences that should worry them the most.