[Ed. – There’s no question that EU officials are trying to move ahead with force integration and force establishment moves, including funding. The force is a dubious concept — and EU leaders are indeed citing Brexit as a reason for approaching this with urgency. Naturally, the EU documents don’t say “and we want to make the UK pay for it.” That’s an interpretation by UKIP politicians.]
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.