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THE EU will tonight debate for the creation of a continent wide super army that will be up and running next year – and blame BREXIT for its creation.
Brussels politicians will convene in the French city of Strasbourg to thrash out the plans that will cost taxpayers’ £420m-a-year.
They will vote on the issue to establish an “EU-wide system for the coordination of rapid movement of defence forces personnel” across Europe.
If agreed Britain will not only be forced to foot the bill because it is timetabled for before the triggering of Article 50, but it will also be legally drawn into it.
And bizarrely the EU claims it needs to make a position of European Defence Minister and roll out a massive army because of BREXIT.
It states: “At a time when public support for the EU is being called into question in some Member States, defence and security is an area where the individual and collective benefits of more Europe can be easily demonstrated, especially regarding the likely challenges to EU’s standing as a strategic actor following Brexit.”
The report demands the EU bankroll the initiative with an immediate £76million for ‘preparatory action on EU defence research’ starting in 2017.
Politicians in each of the 28 member state will also be forced to hand over their own defence plans and capabilities to the EU as it probes capability.
The plans have been in the pipeline for a number of years but have repeatedly been denied by the UK government.
UKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem, a former soldier said the super army could be potentially mobilised outside of Europe too.
And he said the proposal could pose serious consequences for the EU.
He added: “These plans include reform of the EU battlegroups concept, aiming at the establishment of permanent units which would be independent of any lead nation and subject to systematic joint training and an EU-wide system for the coordination of the rapid movement of defence forces’ personnel, equipment and supplies.”
Mr Hookem continued: “It is another demonstration of why the UK needs to detach itself from the EU and the direction in which it is heading and instead properly fund its Armed Forces and rebuild its relationship with the US whilst ending this unnecessary provocation of Russia which has not neglected its military and has vastly superior fire and man power to us.”
Full article: EU Army set to be agreed TONIGHT – and BRITAIN will foot the £420m-a-year bill (Express)