Members of the European Union Parliament are set to meet in the French city of Strasbourg this week to approve a report granting increased military responsibilities to the Common Security and Defense Policy.
A mutual defense clause, identical to NATO’s Article 5, will require all members to assist another member state in the event of an attack
n addition, the position of European Union Defense Minister will be created to oversee the combined military force, as well as a permanent headquarters staffed by civilian and military personnel.
The report directly mentions the “Brexit” vote in the United Kingdom as a justification for the creation of an EU army.
“At a time when public support for the EU is being called into question in some Member States, defence and security is an area where the individual and collective benefits of more Europe can be easily demonstrated, especially regarding the likely challenges to EU’s standing as a strategic actor following Brexit,” it says.