"Perhaps instead of just delivering a speech someone from the IN campaign would like a proper debate on our defence and security so the public can find out what is really going on?" - UKIP MEP Mike Hookem
•UKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem has described the Prime Minister's claims that the UK will be less secure outside the EU as "phony and dishonest".
The Euro MP, who is a member of the European Parliament's Security and Defence Committee said it was "blatantly obvious that successive governments have given power over to Brussels and made this country less secure."
"It seems the lies have started already if Mr Cameron is really going to be telling people that we need a European Military and that shared information on our critical infrastructure makes us stronger: when we hand over information on our power stations and water treatment plants to countries like Romania and Bulgaria we are only as strong as our weakest link.
"Let's not forget that if it wasn't for the insistence of British civil servants we would be sharing details of our nuclear power plants - although this government has given them all to China anyway.
"We are less secure because of that alone, without taking into consideration our porous borders, the ISIS terrorists hiding in the 'jungle' in Calais and new plans to welcome migrants from Africa even though countries are buckling under the pressure and there is a rise of extremism as communities launch a backlash against left wing governments.
"Even President Juncker can't bring himself to be open and honest about plans for an EU Army, dodging a question from me on forthcoming legislation for an EU military.
"The Prime Minister should also recall that most of the countries in the EU are also members of NATO - the organisation which has really kept the peace since the end of WWII. I don't believe that Germany and France are gagging to go to war with each other and only President Juncker is stopping them from doing so.
Will the Commission categorically rule out legislative progression towards an EU Army?
Does the Commission accept that it is the UK government and NATO that are responsible for the defence of the United Kingdom?
Answer given by President Juncker
on behalf of the Commission
The Commission would refer the Honourable Member to its answer to Written Question
The declared aim of the European Union is to promote peace and stability. Its action on the international scene are to be guided by the wish to uphold its values like freedom, democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights, tolerance, solidarity and equality.
In its relations with the wider world the Union strictly observes international law including the respect of the principles of the UN Charter. The Union promotes multilateral solutions to common problems and promotes dialogues with third partners and international and regional actors.
The President mentioned the European Army as a vision for the future, as highlighted in the passages of the President’s Political Guidelines related to defence matters. Article 24 and Article 42(2) of the Treaty on European Union both provide for the progressive framing of a common defence policy that can lead to a common defence, when the European Council unanimously so decides. The Commission believes that more European cooperation and integration is necessary at a time of falling defence budgets and an increasingly unstable neighboorhood. In this connection, the full potential of the Treaty should be used, notably provisions related to permanent structured cooperation.