Theresa May expected to pile pressure on EU leaders to pay more for NATO defence
On Friday, the Prime Minister will attend an informal meeting with the 27 other EU leaders in Malta, during which she will stress the importance of leaders increasing their defence contributions in order to secure the future of the military alliance.
Mrs May will urge them to “deliver on their commitments to spend two per cent of their GDP on defence”, so that the burden is more fairly shared.
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"Only by investing properly in our defence that we can ensure we are properly equipped to face our shared challenges together.”
The Prime Minister will add, according to the Sun, “this guarantee – and the recognition of Nato as the bulwark of our collective defence – underlines the importance of strong cooperation on defence and security”.
Downing Street sources said Mrs May is planning to brief the leaders on her visit to the White House.
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NATO – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4th April 1949. The organization constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party.
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One of the world’s major international institutions. It is a political and military Alliance of 28 member countries from Europe and North America. Photo shows: View of leaders of NATO, 1960.
She will then remind them she had “secured a guarantee from President Trump, that he was 100 per cent supportive of Nato.”
Her presentation is expected to reinforce Trump's rationale for calling the military alliance "obsolete".
Donald Tusk, EU Council President, arrives in Malta ahead of talks
Although Mrs May’s relationship with Trump ahead of Brexit has reportedly scared Britain’s closest European allies, the Prime Minister is not expected to discuss Brexit in any form during the working lunch.
According to sources, the Prime Minister “will advocate a comprehensive and collaborative approach that includes supporting refugees close to their homes; deterring economic migrants from moving; tirelessly pursuing smugglers; and returning those who arrive on our shores with no right to remain."
The migrant crisis is set to feature within Mrs May’s presentation, as Downing Street sources have claimed, the problem is still a big issue for her.
The source told the Daily Mail: “During the discussions the Prime Minister will stress that migration has been one of her political priorities during her time in Government – and remains so.”
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