Britain's defence pact no threat to NATO's future



Britain's recent defence pact with France poses no threat to the future of the Nato military alliance, Defence Secretary Liam Fox insisted today. While Nato will remain the bedrock of European security, straitened financial circumstances will increasingly require member states to enter into bilateral partnerships on specific priorities, Dr Fox said. But rejected calls for Britain to develop a greater defence profile within the European Union, warning against wasteful "double-hatting" which would see the EU attempt to replicate the structures and capabilities of the North Atlantic alliance.




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