EU army plans ‘kept secret’ from British voters until after Brexit referendum
Detailed plans to move towards the creation of a European army are being kept secret from British voters until the day after the June 23 Brexit referendum, it has emerged.
The plans involve establishing a new European military and operational structures, including a headquarters, according to the Times.
The first step towards such a plan is said to be supported by Germany and other EU member states.
The document, drawn up by the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, will be discussed by European leaders at a summit on June 28.
In an effort to avoid derailing the ‘Remain’ campaign, the policy plans won’t be sent to national governments until the day after Britons vote on June 23.
Until then, only a small group of officials can read the proposal, but they must do so under lock and key, leave their electronic devices outside the room and take handwritten notes only.
Extracts of notes taken by diplomats seen by the Times say: “The EU can step up its contribution to Europe’s security and defence.”
It says: “Our external action must become more joined up across policy areas, institutions and member states.
“Greater unity of purpose is needed across the policy areas making up our external action.”