Farage clashes with caller over Macron’s European Army plan
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was speaking after Mr Verhofstadt, himself an MEP and the European Parliament’s former Brexit Representative, took to Twitter in support of remarks by Joseph Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy supremo. Mr Borrell suggested the fall of
demonstrated why the bloc needed its own armed forces – and Mr Verhofstadt agreed, posting: “
once more shows armies are crucial to the security of our citizens & allies abroad.
Guy Verfhofstadt needs a “reality check”, said Ben Habib
“EU countries need to do that together: cooperate & integrate forces so our people, interests & values are protected.
“Think beyond taboos or caricatures: an EU army is common sense!”
Mr Habib, a long-term critic of the concept, was entirely unmoved.
Joseph Borrell is the EU’s top diplomat
: “I cannot help but smile every time Verhofstadt opens his mouth.
“He is incapable of seeing any matter other than through the prism of the advancement of his EU empire.”
Mr Habib explained: “The EU is represented at the G7 and Germany, France and Italy are members.
Guy Verhofstadt is also the former Prime Minister of Belgium
There is no significant capable individual armed force in Europe
“Not one of them demurred at the Doha Agreement to exit Afghanistan but his response to the Afghanistan fiasco is to call for EU action; to call for an EU army to do the job at which the US and the UK failed.”
In reference to the former Belgian Prime Minister and regular critic of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, Mr Habib said: “Verhofstadt needs a reality check.
“There is no significant capable individual armed force in Europe.
French President Emmanuel Macron
A Frontex border guard
“The French and German armed forces are close to hopeless. The UK was their biggest but thankfully we are out.”
Mr Habib also referred to the EU’s own border force, whose operatives have recently been issued with guns.
He said: “Anyway, the EU has its own militia – Frontex – charged with protecting the EU’s borders.
“They will soon have their jobs cut out as they seek to deter the flood of refugees from Afghanistan.
Afghan refugees by country
“Maybe Verhofstadt should wait to see how Frontex and Freedom of Movement plays out for the EU before opening his mouth again?”
In an interview earlier this week, Mr Borrell said: “I regret greatly the way in which things have gone, but no one asked for the opinion of the Europeans.
“Some countries are going to have to ask themselves questions about an American ally which, as Joe Biden said, doesn’t want to fight other people’s wars for them.
“The Europeans don’t have a choice. We must organise ourselves to deal with the world as it is and not the world that we dream of.”
Afghan security forces deployed and start operations against Taliban earlier this month
He added: “We will propose to give the Union a 50,000-strong expeditionary force, capable of acting in circumstances like we’re seeing in Afghanistan.
“In September I’m going to visit Iraq, Tunisia and Libya. The next crises will be in Iraq and the Sahel.
“Europe only responds in a crisis. Afghanistan could wake it up.
“The moment has come to give it a military force capable of fighting if necessary.”