Fallon’s comments came after the Friday unofficial EU summit in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, that the United Kingdom was not invited to.
According to The Times, France and Germany have come up with a timetable for the creation of a "common [EU] military force" and the European Commission is expected to present relevant proposals in December. An agreement on the issue is expected to be reached next summer.
The plans to merge the existing defense structures of the EU member states into a single army have been under discussion for years but never came to existence, partly due to the opposition from the United Kingdom, which has advocated that NATO should ensure the bloc's security. The country's decision to exit the European Union has revived the talks.
Earlier this week, UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis said that Article 50, which gives start to the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, would not be triggered until the Department for Exiting the European Union had reached its full working capacity.