Revealed: Plans for EU army, navy and air force deployable without national MPs’ approval

EURO MPs have drawn up terrifying plans for a complete EU army, navy and air force which could be deployed by Brussels without consulting member state parliaments.

PUBLISHED: 00:33, Sun, Aug 6, 2017 | UPDATED: 12:58, Sun, Aug 6, 2017

Brexit negotiator Guy VerhofstadtGETTY

The dossier has been published by the ALDE group, led by Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt

In a dossier compiled by the liberal ALDE grouping, which is headed by Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt, MEPs call for “EU integrated military forces” to intervene on behalf of the bloc across the globe.They say Brussels needs “autonomous” military capabilities which would have their own budget, be under the direct command of eurocrats and wear the EU ensign into battle.The document, which has no official weight and is likely to be rejected by member states, will nonetheless unnerve some politicians who fear the bloc is creeping towards ever greater militarisation.

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini has repeatedly insisted eurocrats are not creating their own army, but critics say a raft of recent defence reforms are preparing the ground for precisely that.The vision put forward by ALDE, which is dominated by eurofederalists, will almost certainly be deemed wildly unrealistic but even a significantly watered down version would mark a radical shift in the role of the EU.Committed europhiles have been pressing for more EU military integration for decades but with Britain – a longstanding opponent to such an approach – leaving the bloc there is a sense some of their ambitions will now come to pass.

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The roadmap would aim at building a supranational military force

MEPs’ proposal

It says there must be a common budget, funded by the member states, which would pay for the “command structure, joint military operations and the equipment and assets in ownership of the EU”.But despite the fact they were paying for it, national MPs would not be given significant oversight of the military forces with power resting in the hands of the Commission and the Council of leaders.The ALDE proposal says: “When committing to the European Defence Union, Member States would also  agree to adapt their internal procedures (including parliamentary consents) so as to give an advance agreement with deployment of certain vital components of the integrated military force.”

The new military would be “fully operational in all dimensions of warfare (Land, Air, Sea, and Cyber). Added should be also Special Forces (chemical etc.) as well as logistical and medical capabilities.”

It adds: “The integrated military forces should be progressively put under a single command, accountable to the EUCO President. As is the case with Eurocorps now, the European Integrated Military Forces would be marked by an EU insignia.”The dossier concludes: “The ability to defend one’s citizens is the ultimate embodiment of sovereignty. Europeans have dithered about common defence for more than half a century. Now it is time to face facts.“National militaries have been economised down and hollowed out. At the same time, Member States face urgent problems of a magnitude far beyond what national responses can hope to solve.

“European defence is therefore not about giving up the ability to act, but about reclaiming it – and safeguarding everything that European integration stands for.”

Linking to the document, Mr Verhofstadt tweeted: “The Internal & external threats Europe faces call for a major leap towards full-fledge European Defence Union, NOW!”

In the dossier, titled “a roadmap towards EU integrated military forces”, the coalition of liberal parties calls on member states to “progressively provide the EU with urgently needed defence capability”.

They say there should be a “progressive integration of Member States military forces and the “development of a clear decision making framework, with political leadership and one budget”.

The dossier states: “As the very end-goal, the roadmap would aim at building a supranational military force. The roadmap would be realised under the lead and political responsibility of EUCO President, with implementation roles of the European Defence Agency, the European Commission and EU Member States.