BRUSSELS bigwig Jean-Claude Juncker has admitted he is determined to push ahead with controversial plans for a Europe-wide army.
The European Commission president claimed the proposal will keep the EU safe if the US distances itself from the bloc.
Mr Juncker has long dreamed of an EU army, but Britain has repeatedly threatened to veto any such proposal.
But with Brexit looming, he is more likely to get his way.
The arch-federalist said: “We need more security in Europe, and I do not mean just the fight against terrorism.
“Talking about security, we need a different way of organising a European defence.
“We have a lot to thank the Americans for, but they won’t look after Europe’s security for ever. We have to do this ourselves.”
“We need a new approach to building a European security union with the end goal of establishing a European army.”
Ukip MEP Mike Hookem said Mr Juncker’s comments “vindicated” Brexit campaigners, who warned “time and time again” that an European army was looming.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has repeatedly warned Brussels against creating an EU army.
“Command and control is a matter for the military, it is a matter for Nato. There is widespread EU concern about any duplication.”
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