[Ed. – We’ve been tracking this for a while. The EU leadership has been coy about it, but the signs were there all along that a unified EU defense force was the intent. A lot of the national political factions are vehemently opposed to this, for obvious reasons. Equally obvious: the question where this leaves NATO.]
European Union loyalists have repeatedly denied EU plans for defence and military integration since 2014.
Nick Clegg, then deputy prime minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, now ejected from the House of Commons in the 2017 snap election, first dismissed warnings by Brexit supremo Nigel Farage of an EU army as “a dangerous fantasy” during a debate in April 2014.
Today, 23 of the bloc’s member-states signed a pact pledging joint deployments, procurement, and research as part of plans for a Common Defence Fund, which will help smooth the path for the EU Defence Union announced by the president of the European Commission in September 2017.