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EU army demands torn apart as former MEP highlights why military force won’t work

Brexit: Nigel Farage says the UK can 'deal' with EU army plans

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There have been fresh calls for an EU army in the wake of the US-led withdrawal from Afghanistan. But GB News presenter and former Brexit Party MEP Alex Phillips warned it would be “very difficult” for a military force to work due to 27 member states being involved in decision making.

Ms Phillips, who hosts the Afternoon Agenda on GB News, said: “The EU is trying to push forward with the idea of a European army.

“The EU is pushing to be more unilateral with foreign policy.

“But I don’t see how that can work because they’ve got to somehow consolidate initiatives among 27 voices.

“Foreign policy is not particularly suitable for it to be done by a majority vote and therefore back countries into military action against their will.

“So how they actually then coordinate foreign policy I don’t know.

“If you look at the relationships around the EU, yes they have all come together under a trading bloc, but everyone’s got their own historic alliances, allegiances and natural allies.

“So it’s very difficult trying to put that all into one soup pot, giving it a stir and saying now we all march as one.

“I don’t think the EU could really do that unless it became extremely powerful and tried to federalise the entire union fully and that way the EU becomes one country basically and then you can have a unified foreign policy.

“And we all know that’s pretty much what the EU’s end goal is.”

Earlier this month, two senior EU officials urged the bloc’s governments to set up a rapid reaction force.

Speaking as EU defence ministers met in Slovenia to discuss the fallout from Afghanistan, Brussels’ foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said: “It’s clear that the need for more European defence has never been as much as evident as today after the events in Afghanistan.

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“Sometimes something happens that pushes history, it creates a breakthrough and I think that the Afghanistan event of this summer is one of these cases.”

General Claudio Graziano, chairman of the EU military committee, added: “The situation in Afghanistan, the Middle East and the Sahel show that now is the time to act, starting with the creation of a European rapid reaction force, able to show the will of the Union to act as a global strategic partner. When if not now?”

Meanwhile, Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt insisted an EU army was “common sense” in a tweet in August.

And earlier this week, France denied a report in the Telegraph that Emmanuel Macron was willing to give up the country’s permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council in exchange for the formation of an EU army.

Nigel Farage has insisted an EU army is unlikely to work.

Speaking earlier this month, Mr Farage said: “I don’t think an EU army would ever work. I don’t think any of them are prepared to pay the money.

“But whatever they decide to do we must not join it, absolutely not join it.”

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