UKIP Defence spokesman Bill Etheridge was livid as the European Union tried to pass off a further integration of military capacity as just a planning centre for “non executive” missions
The Military Planning and Conduct Capabilities (MPCC) unit would be responsible for the EU training missions in Somalia, Mali and Central African Republic.
The UK and Polish governments have denied this is a move towards an EU military headquarters. “A fairly modest in size MPCC cannot be viewed as the EU operational headquarters,” said a Polish official.
James Madison once said, “I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
Mr Etheridge, MEP for the West Midlands, said, "The finest illustration of Mr Madison’s statement is the European Union.
“Just the same as we had creeping integration, we now have the small steps towards the EU military headquarters.
Every step taken down this road leads to further unification and after the historic Brexit vote should be avoided by the British government at all costs.”