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After the WEU, the British study the withdrawal from NATO?

(BRUSSELS2) On the lanfish.jpgborn of the denunciation of the WEU, the United Kingdom is reportedly considering withdrawing, temporarily or partially, from NATO.

The British would, however, remain involved in the ISAF operation in Afghanistan, at least for the next two years. But they would no longer participate in certain committees (a bit like France before). This option is being very seriously studied in London, a diplomat of His Majesty told me, April 1er. Finally, it is especially studied very closely in a committee created in all discretion at the Treasury.

The several million euros that the WEU assembly cost the British budget are in fact a trifle compared to the hole observed in the structure of NATO (more than 600 million for the year 2010 alone on a budget of 2 billion).


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).