AV11 - David Ellis

European Defence Union: Topping Out

The European Commission has a new President: former German Defence Minister Ursula von Der Leyen. She has made clear her requirement to see the 'topping out' of European Defence Union by the middle of this year, and full completion by 2025.

Meanwhile, since David Ellis’s AV10 presentation, the silence on the issue here in the UK continues to deafen. MPs, government ministers and the media have steadfastly refused to comment. Only one member of the House of Lords was brave enough to raise the issue, receiving demands he resign in return.

Yet Michel Barnier has made it clear that UK involvement in European Defence Union is at least as important to our future relationship as trade. As negotiations continue, what will Boris do?