I think we would have an interest in a large military force being formed across the channel/north sea from ourselves. The Command and Control structures would be complex and cumbersome and it would soon become apparent that operational effectiveness and troop deployment decisions would need to be streamlined leading to a few, probably unelected officials having power over an enormous force and weaponry.
I think that it would be perceived as a hostile force once the sovereign authority of the constituent parts of this force have been over-ridden. Look at the nutters at the top of the EU, would you want them having control over you? As you know outside the political arena we don't really have any problem with our European neighbours and we can have diplomatic relations with them all for domestic stuff. But a giant military force is not something that should be welcomed as it will destabilise the western alliance that had held strong for 70 or so years.
Furthermore in the potential case of Scottish independence and the re-admittance to the EU of Scotland the security of the new EU/England border would almost certainly be used as an excuse for troop deployment as the Scots would have no defence force of their own. Maybe the SNP welcome the idea of EU troops on what was UK soil keeping the vile English out but I cannot see the upside to that TBH.
And in this post lies the very reason why the Europeans can never trust the English. Scots, yes. United Ireland, certainly. England...? Not a chance at this time.
Just look at the rhetoric above: "Look at the nutters at the top of the EU, would you want them having control over you?" ........."Scottish independence and the re-admittance to the EU of Scotland the security of the new EU/England border would almost certainly be used as an excuse for troop deployment"............... "Maybe the SNP welcome the idea of EU troops on what was UK soil keeping the vile English out but I cannot see the upside to that"
Where do we even start with this...? AS says he would like a military alliance with the Europeans and yet, he immediately labels them as "nutters". Not exactly diplomatic language, is it..?
The perception that a military alliance would be some sort of sly attempt to put foreign (rather than "allied" troops on FORMER British soil..!! As if there is some secret plot to invade England hidden in the desire for a military alliance. Sheesh.... where does THAT kind of paranoia come from..?
For the Europeans, any alliance that included an English government that thinks along such lines would be doomed to failure from the start. The English will not accept that anybody but them can be a part of the Command structure. It would have to be England in command, giving the orders. The Europeans won't accept that. Sure, England would have a say in military matters, and control over its own troops. In a crisis situation, I'm sure the English command structure would have a role to play, but that wouldn't be enough for us. We would demand that other countries put their troops under our command.
That'll go down like a lead fart all over the continent.
And if an independent Scotland did indeed allow European ALLIED troops into Scotland, to defend Europe's northern flank for the English to show such hostility towards them would be the complete antithesis of everything that a military alliance stands for.
There is also the little matter of the Faslane nuclear submarine base. The SNP are profoundly anti-nuclear. An independent Scotland is likely to tell England where it can stick its nukes. That would be an entirely different political ball game.
I don't think the English (that is, the English part of the former United Kingdom) would bring anything positive to a European military alliance under the present regime. The only thing that would come with us at this time is division, dissent and disruption.
Until such times as the mentality that prevails in England at this time is eradicated, and we have re-joined the EU as a fully committed partner, with a pro-European government (probably a coalition one) elected under PR and therefore not dominated by hard line right wing extremists , Britain would not be welcomed. Indeed, the whole project would be better off without us.