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Tuesday, 7 December, 1999, 18:06 GMT
Quiz the shadow defence secretary




To put your questions to the Tory defence spokesman, Iain Duncan Smith, use the form at the bottom of the page.

The plans for a European defence force - on the agenda for the weekend's EU summit in Helsinki - have attracted controversy from many areas.

One of the most prominent critics has been the shadow defence secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, who has led opposition in the UK.

According to Mr Duncan Smith, the charge towards a European army is both militarily dangerous and economically impossible.

He blames Eurofederalists for promoting the idea on the back of anti-American sentiment experienced in many continental states during the Kosovo conflict.

A dangerous move threatening Nato

"This process has nothing to do with enhancing military capability. It has more to do with furthering the ambitions of those like EC President Romano Prodi, chosen by Blair, who wants to see a European state," the shadow defence spokesman says.

He argues the United States feels threatened by the proposals and they could undermine both continents current defence arrangements: "This is a dangerous move which could lead to the eventual break-up of the whole of Nato."

The Tory defence spokesman will answer your questions on Europe and Britain's defence on Monday.

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