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'No One Should Join Army' Before Brexit Due to Alleged 'Foreign Command' - UKIP

© AFP 2021 / Daniel Leal-OlivasA supporter of the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) wears a rossette and badges at the UKIP Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, on the southern coast of England, on September 16, 2016.
A supporter of the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) wears a rossette and badges at the UKIP Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, on the southern coast of England, on September 16, 2016. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Gerard Batten said in a statement on Tuesday that the UK servicemen in Bosnia were forced to wear the EU flag on their uniform for the first time.

"No one should now join the British Army until we have left the EU and this has all been reversed … Our soldiers are no longer fighting for Queen and Country but under a foreign military command," Batten said in a UKIP statement.

The party also noted that the video showing the UK servicemen in Bosnia wearing the EU flag on their uniform has recently been circulating in the media.

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He added that only after Brexit would the UK military be able to serve the interests of the nation.

"The sooner we are out of the EU, the sooner we will be able to rebuild our military into a force which serves the interests of our nation first and foremost. Meanwhile, British men and women should vote with their feet and not join the armed forces," Batten added.

Nigel Farage, United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) member and MEP waits for the start of a debate on the last European Summit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, October 26, 2016. - Sputnik International
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On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. Last March, UK Prime Minister Theresa May officially invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, launching the process of the country's withdrawal from the bloc. The Brexit negotiations between London and the European Union started last year and are due to be completed by the end of March 2019.

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