Brussels is moving ever-closer to an EU Army with 22 states set to sign off on a key military agreement today – a move a high-ranking eurocrat hailed as a “historic day.”

Germany and France are leading the charge for a new defence union, which aims to cement EU unity after Brexit.

The campaign for a European defence union stretches back to the 1950s, although the movement has stuttered in the decades since, but EU officials are now celebrating as progress accelerates with the support of Brussels chiefs Jean-Claude Juncker, Guy Verhofstadt and Michel Barnier.

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