In the wake of the UK's Brexit vote, Elmar Brok, Chairman of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, is calling for a common European Union (EU) military headquarters and a pan-European army, the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Brok, having a common headquarters would help the EU strengthen its role in providing for the countries' security and defense, as well as take on more responsibility throughout the world.
"We need a common headquarters and a coalition of the willing in accordance with the permanent structural cooperation laid down in the EU Treaties. An EU army could eventually arise from such a group," Brok told Welt am Sonntag.
On Thursday, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the EU. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it.
Earlier, a diplomatic source in Brussels said that the UK exit from the EU could activate the idea of creating a joint-EU armed forces.