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'We need 2 repel, to respond and to protect' Brussels chief pushes ahead with EU Army

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    EUROPEAN chiefs are pushing ahead with a new defence strategy to strengthen military cooperation - after Remainers played down the chances of an EU Army during the lengthy Brexit debate.

    In a document titled 'EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy', Europe's chief diplomat said the Brussels bloc must be able to "repel, to respond and to protect".

    The warning of a European army was at the core of the Brexit campaign and became a hot topic with both sides trading blows over the truth of claims Brussels wanted to create a Nato-style organisation.

    But while the latest EU policy document calls for joint working on matters of defence, it stops short of explicitly calling for the creation of an EU army, which would requite treaty change.

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