How Britain overpays for the defence of the EU27

By April 27, 2019February 18th, 2021No Comments

EXCLUSIVE – EU NATO members underspent on defence by $829 billion in last 10 years

How British taxpayers have been paying for the EU27’s defence

The shocking truth for MPs and the electorate

Part Two of our summary on EU militarization

Prepared using official EU, UK Government, and NATO sources

The Defence of the Realm is the primary responsibility for any government. Brexit Facts4EU.Org presents the second in our series of 1-page EU Defence Union summaries for MPs and voters. This paper is about British taxpayers’ money, NATO, and the EU27’s refusal to pay for its own defence for decades. It makes for shocking reading.

In the last 10 years:

The UK has spent $61 billion more than the NATO minimum of 2% of GDP on defence

Germany has spent $279 billion less than it should

Italy has spent $155 billion less than it should

Spain has underspent by $142 bn, the Netherlands by $64bn, Belgium by $50bn, France by $37bn

The 21 EU & NATO members, excluding the UK, have spent $829 billion dollars less than the NATO minimum

Funding shortfall – Germany continues to underspend massively on defence

The problem doesn’t only relate to a 10-year period. Even last year (2018), Germany spent only 1.24% of GDP on defence – virtually the same as the previous year.

For all MPs, and for readers who actually support our defence forces

Above we have highlighted the simple fact that the UK pays its way in NATO on defence – and does more than it has to – whilst the performance of other EU countries has been woeful.

That said, we believe that the proportion of GDP which the UK spends on defence is wholly inadequate. The USA is spending 3.5% of GDP on defence and its latest growth figures released yesterday were far in excess of those which the UK and EU are managing.

The UK currently only just spends the NATO minimum of 2% of GDP on defence. Better than our EU partners, but still not good enough. We advocate an increase to USA levels once the UK is out of the EU.

Outside the EU, the UK would no longer have to allow EU companies to win defence contracts in the UK. This will mean jobs and prosperity for many constituencies across the country which could really do with this economic stimulus.

[Sources : NATO | EU Commission | EU Council | EEAS | EDA | IMF]

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, 27 Apr 2019