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Along with France, the United Kingdom is the leading military power in Europe. It is a nuclear power and a member of the United Nations Security Council. However, the last-minute post-Brexit deal reached on December 24 does not include any foreign policy or defense chapter, leaving the door wide open for bilateral cooperation.

The European Commission said in a statement: “Foreign policy, external security and defense cooperation are not covered by the agreement because the UK did not want to negotiate this issue.
“As of January 1, 2021, there will therefore be no framework in place between the UK and the EU to develop and coordinate joint responses to foreign policy challenges, for example the imposition of sanctions on foreign policy nationals or economies of third countries. ”

Britain has reportedly already started negotiating a post-Brexit military cooperation agreement with Spain.

France, on the other hand, does not appear to have entered into such talks with London, although French President Emmanuel Macron was specifically briefed prior to his election that maintaining defense ties with Britain was crucial and “more important.” as the military integration of the EU.

Leaked Macron emails show Britain’s Brexit ‘is more important to France than the imperfect EU’ (Image: GETTY)

A treasure trove of 20,000 emails allegedly stolen from Mr Macron’s campaign headquarters in 2017, showed some of his senior advisers pleading for continued British involvement in European defense projects, while highlighting divisions between Paris and Berlin on EU defense cooperation.

The behind-the-scenes advice, which dates back to before Mr Macron’s presidential victory, contrasted starkly with claims from Brussels that Brexit could have opened the door to a new golden age of European defense cooperation.

One of the emails, sent by Hervé Grandjean, then industrial affairs adviser to Mr. Macron and defense specialist, contained a report on the future of Franco-British defense relations after Brexit.

The report, written by Alice Pannier, a European security expert, warns that France would be “caught between the temptation to seize on Brexit to advance the CSDP. [the EU’s common defence plans] and the desire to maintain a critical mass of exchanges with the British, who… remain the most important and most active country in the field of defense “.

Ms Pannier added: “Brexit will necessarily have potentially contradictory effects on bilateral cooperation.

“The two governments insisted on preserving and strengthening the bilateral partnership. ”

The president’s speechwriter Quentin Lafay responded and copied another senior Macron adviser, Clément Beaune, to help shape the then candidate’s policy.

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French President Emmanuel Macron (Image: GETTY)

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In another email dated October 3, Mr Macron’s former defense adviser François Heisbourg spoke of the EU’s plans for closer integration of European defense forces.

He gave a poor assessment of the “overly ambitious” proposals, comparing them unfavorably to the eurozone, saying they are “a bit like a single currency that would like to live without a central bank or an economic government”.

He warned that the Germans were reluctant to fund joint military projects and that previous attempts by former French rulers had failed to convince them.

He writes: “The Germans have evolved a lot in the field of defense, but they pay for their projects with their money. They are not ready to give us, directly or through the EU, the keys to the safe. ”

He noted that the plans “will only have a chance to work in the context of a general renaissance of the European Union, in the federal sense, on all fronts”, adding that this seems unlikely.

In Mr Beaune’s response, he also acknowledged that France “might be tempted” to prioritize bilateral cooperation with Britain over EU projects.

Mr Macron’s party La République en Marche declined to comment on the email exchanges at the time and reiterated warnings that some of the emails in the cache may have been fake.

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Minister of European Affairs Clément Beaune (Image: EUROCITIZERS)

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A spokesperson said: “These emails were illegally obtained and posted. We’re not going to comment if specific emails are fake. ”

Since the emails were drafted, the EU appears to have continued with its military reforms, backed by the backing of Mr Macron, although deep differences persist over how the so-called ‘permanent structured cooperation’ or PSC remains.

In November, a working group on security and defense policy of the SPD – Germany’s second largest political party – published a plan to create a European 28th Army.

The force would be directly subordinate to the European Commission and would be placed under the responsibility of a new defense commissioner.

Fritz Felgentreu, spokesperson for the SPD parliamentary group for defense policy, said: “Our aim is to improve the capacity of the EU to act, regardless of tedious questions of sovereignty”.

The SPD is one of the two main contemporary political parties in Germany along with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU).

Oxford-based Euro Intelligence think tank chief Wolfgang Munchau argued his 12-page article revealed a “shocking lack of understanding” of EU security priorities at the start of the 21st century.

Mr Munchau wrote: “The least useful proposal you can make to help the EU move towards strategic autonomy is to call for a European army.

“The problem isn’t just that it sets the bar too high, which it does. It also diverts attention from the discussion on the security the EU should have instead.

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President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen (Image: GETTY)

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“It’s one of those ideas where you just don’t know where to start dismantling. Our first thought was: are they trying to do to defend what they have done to the eurozone? ”

Mr Munchau claimed that with the monetary union, the bloc ended up creating a dysfunctional system in the vague hope that future generations would fix it.

He added: “Did they consider what might happen if the European Commission charged into battle and lost? The British are still traumatized by the charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War.

“An army is not an interinstitutional working group that meets on Tuesday. ”

He concluded: “The document also reveals a shocking lack of understanding of the EU’s security priorities at the start of the 21st century.

“The greatest threats to our security today do not come from an invasion by a foreign power, nor from our refusal to participate in a war in the Middle East or Africa.

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Hans-Peter Bartels, former Commissioner for National Defense (Image: GETTY)

“Ultimately there will be a European army. ”

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