Britain should also focus less on its NATO alliance and more on bolstering its own military might in the face of growing Russian aggression, according to Ukip’s defence spokesman Mike Hookem.

With EU member states rapidly pressing ahead with plans for a joint defence system, despite claims from Remainers during the referendum that there were no solid plans for such a force, Mr Hookem has urged the UK to look after its own interests.

The Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MEP said it will not be long before there is an EU seat at the NATO table as European defence ministers met in Bratislava yesterday to discuss the continent’s collective military capabilities.

Fronted by Germany and France, the meeting’s members did not disguise that Brexit now gave them the opportunity to surge forward with plans for an EU army free from the possibility of a British veto.

Theresa May is being urged to invoke Article 50 and boost Britain's military (GETTY)

Theresa May is being urged to invoke Article 50 and boost Britain’s military (GETTY)

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