THE European Union has finally “let the cat out of the bag” in their plans to create an EU army, according to British MEP Jonathan Bullock, who tore into the bloc’s plans for increased defense spending.
British MEP Jonathan Bullock ripped into the European Union’s latest plans to establish a European defense industrial development program, which will fund research into defense technologies, acquire defense capabilities and promote the joint purchase of maintenance of defense equipment.
“A colleague over there said it is so Europe can defend itself in the future. Well, I suppose if the EU is going that way with one flag, one anthem, and now it is going to have one army as well.”
Mr Bullock said voting for a United States of Europe is something Ukip will firmly oppose as he hit back at the idea of Britain funding other EU countries’ defense budget, the UK Express reports.
The MEP added:
“Britain does very well with its UK defence spending and also our equipment and of course all our projects tend to be spent in the UK while this proposal is all about funding things between three different member states.
“So the UK will end up contributing but not gaining under this proposal. Ukip is against any further EU harmonisation dictated by the EU Commission in Brussels and I believe this proposal should be firmly rejected.”
The EU is set to move one step closer to the creation of a so-called EU Army today when a top commissioner unveils a new £17 billion defense scheme.
Brussels has accelerated its EU Army project since the Brexit vote, with Guy Verhofstadt stating in September “we need it and NATO wants it”.
Elżbieta Bieńkowska, the European Union’s industry commissioner, is today travelling to Stockholm, Sweden, to meet top defence chiefs from the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe.
She is expected to unveil a £17 billion fund – including £5.5 billion set aside solely to aid military mobility through Europe.
Ms Bieńkowska will announce: “The EU is ready to invest €13 (£11.37) billion in Europe’s defense sector post-2020. This is a game changer.
“The European Defence Fund will help reducing duplication and increase efficiency of public spending in defence.
“The goal should be producing better equipment for our militaries so we can keep Europe safe in an increasingly uncertain world.”
It comes amid a growing Brussels charm offensive across Europe in a bid to improve support for an EU Army.
In September last year Guy Verhofstadt traveled to London, where he told a crowd of several hundred people at the London School of Economics the long-rumored army was inevitable.
“It was Jean-Claude Juncker who said at the state of the union address a few weeks ago ‘by 2025 we need a full-fledged European defence union – we need it and NATO wants it’.
“That was what he said – and I said: ‘finally!’”
He said the low-spending and inefficient nature of the bloc’s many armies were not suitable to face the challenges of 21st century Europe.
Mr Verhofstadt said:
“Because why? Because combined, the 28 European armies in Europe spend more or less 40-45 per cent of the American defense budget.”
He said the EU’s separate militaries were also “four times less efficient” than the American army, even when comparing the forces on a euro-by-euro basis.
Mr Verhofstadt said:
“That is the reality and it is normal because the 28 member states do 28 times the same thing.
“What we really need is a European defense union. Call it a ‘European Army’, call it what you want but it is the way forward.”
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
July 27th, 2018