The alternatives were worse – and her record in overseeing the Bundeswehr suggests that the misguided project would be doomed on her watch.
The ‘remain and reform’ mantra was implausible to begin with, but the choice of new EU Commission President fatally undermines it.
“This, ultimately, is what vindicates the decision that the British people made to stand aside.”
Our European partners can be unreliable and, in cases like Romania, dangerously compromised.
That means defending NATO from encroachment by an EU army, and supporting Central and Eastern European countries in staying out of the Euro.
Concerns dismissed by the then-Deputy Prime Minister in 2014 have been confirmed by the President of the EU Commission.
The idea that Brexit is a threat to defence co-operation is a myth.
The very fact of a US President who is positive about Brexit is a remarkable change.
A range of significant obstacles would need to be cleared to set about forming such a defence force. None of them is anything to do with Britain’s membership of the EU