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U.K. oppose European Union on defense industry policies.

Britain warned the European Commission on Tuesday that it would oppose any moves to enforce new rules on the region’s defense industry that impinged on the competitiveness of British companies.

Defense Secretary Philip Hammond expressed skepticism over proposals from Brussels aimed at helping Europe’s defense industry cope with the pressures of falling military budgets and increased competition from new markets.

In July the Commission, the European Union’s executive body which has traditionally left defense issues to its 28 member states, presented a paper looking at how Europe can strengthen its fragmented arms industry and bolster a common defense policy.

The measures proposed include allowing greater competition in the internal market currently dominated by companies such as Britain’s BAE Systems, Franco-German group EADS, France’s Thales and Italy’s Finmeccanica.

Hammond said he would resist any proposals that are not in the interests of British companies such as allowing the export market to be controlled centrally on a pan-European basis. READ MORE HERE