An unnamed British general said that British Army Forces would take direct action against opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn if he decided to abandon Britain's nuclear deterrent Trident, break with Nato or declare “any plans to emasculate and shrink the size of the armed forces.”
He told the Sunday Times, “There would be mass resignations at all levels and you would face the very real prospect of an event which would effectively be a mutiny.”
“The Army just wouldn’t stand for it. The general staff would not allow a prime minister to jeopardise the security of this country and I think people would use whatever means possible, fair or foul to prevent that. You can’t put a maverick in charge of a country’s security,” he added.
The general, who served in Northern Ireland, said during the clashes with the IRA 730 troops were killed and at least 7.000 injured, but Corbyn has refused to condemn the IRA.
UK Ministry of Defence chiefs have condemned a serving army general for seemingly threatening the Labour leader with a possible mutiny and said it was not acceptable for an active officer to make an announcement about a potential future government.
Daniel Hannan, a member of the European Parliament for the Conservative Party, described the unnamed general as an "idiot."
Just when @jeremycorbyn needed sympathy, an idiot general hints to the Sunday Times at direct resistance. We're not Bolivia, for God's sake.
— Daniel Hannan (@DanHannanMEP) 20 Eylül 2015
Correct me if I'm wrong here, but is a British general threatening a military coup in the Sunday Times?! pic.twitter.com/VKu00JPvMl
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) 20 Eylül 2015
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has campaigned for Britain to leave NATO, saying it should reconsider its priorities. He also says that the UK's armed forces are extremely large for a small island in the North Atlantic. He is also supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and against the Trident nuclear deterrent.