EU BREXIT chief negotiator Michel Barnier vowed Brexit will not "slow down" the European army dream as he announced members states will give a massive boost to the EU defence fund.
Speaking from Washington, the EU negotiator claimed member states will increase their contribution to the EU defence fund, arguing it will automatically benefit NATO efforts as well.
The Frenchman claimed Brexit will not jeopardise Jean-Claude Juncker 's dream of a federalist European army, pledging a continuous cooperation between the EU and the UK.
He said: “The more the UK will engage alongside the EU, the deeper our partnership is likely to be.
“Our close cooperation with the UK will nurture the network of relationships we have with other partners.
“It is our responsibility, what we do not do for ourselves no one will do for us.
“This is even more true than ever. We are now running 16 missions, six of them are military operations to stabilise our neighbourhood and fight against disruption of smugglers trafficking in the Mediterranean, the stabilisation of the Balkans, contribution to the fight against terrorism.
“We are reviewing our common structure to be more responsive and more efficient.
“And we are setting up a European Defence Fund to stop the duplication of weapon systems across Europe which cannot operate together.
“It is the first time, the very first time, that the EU budget will invest in military capabilities.
“Just two examples. First, with the European Defence Fund I just mentioned, the member states have good reason to invest more and better and together in defence.
“The debate on the European side of the Atlantic is not only on how much we spend, but also how efficiently we spend the money.