EU battle group tanks with the EU army emblem took part in exercises in the UK in May.
From the Daily Mail:
A 1,500-strong force of EU troops was on manoeuvres in Britain last week – despite Armed Forces Minister Penny Mordaunt warning that plans for a ‘Euro army’ hatched in Brussels and Berlin are a ‘huge concern’.
Ms Mordaunt only had to look as far as Salisbury Plain, Britain’s largest military training ground, to see that their tanks and vehicles – some emblazoned with the EU flag – are already on our lawn, as our exclusive photographs show.
They were taking part in what is thought to be the biggest EU military exercise in the UK. And in a move that might cause further concern for Brexiteer Ms Mordaunt, the joint war games played out by an ‘EU Battle Group’ represent a stepping up of plans to mount a European force capable of rapid deployment to foreign shores.
That will come as no comfort to Eurosceptics suspicious of the German government’s revived enthusiasm for a European army, to be set out in July.
The publication of the plans – which outlines steps to ‘gradually co-ordinate Europe’s patchwork of national militaries’ – was postponed until after the EU referendum on June 23.
The 1,500-strong EU Battle Group on Salisbury Plain was joined by troops from 2nd Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment, and 4th Infantry Brigade, as they planned and executed a ‘fictitious peace support operation’.
Troops were involved in rapid movements, maintaining public order and peacekeeping in rural and urban environments.
While a British Brigadier is in charge of the force during the UK’s period of command, he takes his orders from Brussels, not from the UK’s operational headquarters.
Tactical decisions, such as the rules of engagement for the EU Battle Group, are decided by the Foreign Affairs and Security Council of the European Union.
The EU has three Battle Groups and the one deployed to the UK is a ‘light force’ – using armoured patrol vehicles such as Humvees and the RG-32M ‘Scout’.
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