The majority of EU nation states are preparing to sign up for enhanced military integration on Monday. UKIP is demanding that the government withholds its signature on the agreement called Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).

Henry Bolton, the UKIP leader said, “The EU is dictating to Britain again. “Give us your military, your money and remain subordinate to the EU Courts and then we might, perhaps, talk about trade. So, that deal is better than no deal is it?

“The scandal is that, from what we understand, the Government is preparing to submit to blackmail and commit our armed forces and defence procurement to the control of the European Union.

“The government has a mandate from 17.4m people to take us out of the EU, but instead the Conservatives are planning to commit the UK to even greater military integration with the EU. Let me be unambiguously clear, PESCO is not about cooperation, which we do already work towards bi-laterally and within NATO, but it is about integration.

“I’m calling for cooperation, not integration and subordination our the EU.

“This Tory government is determined to sell our sovereign military capability down the river to save money and do a deal with a Brussels. It is an outrage, particularly at this time of year when are thoughts and prayers are with those hundreds of thousands who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep these islands free”.

Bolton continued, “The Government are telling us that “No final decisions have yet been made about whether the UK will participate in Pesco”. Yet the decision has to be made this Monday. You would have thought they would have made up their mind by now. It is clear that Theresa May’s government intends slip this in without anyone noticing. If they do, I, my party and the country will never forgive them.

“If the government signs into PESCO, it will be proof positive that their intent is to achieve BrexINO, Brexit in name only”