The Brexiteer, a figurehead in Britain’s EU exit, insisted Brussels were chasing the dream of a “militarised” and “expanded” bloc for its bosses to rule over.
On Monday, Mr Farage’s Ukip colleague Bill Etheridge, who is the party’s defence spokesman, criticised Martin Schulz after he said he would not commit to meeting Nato spending targets if he takes over Angela Merkel as German Chancellor.
Mr Etheridge indicated this was a sign the former European Parliament president was using his influence in Germany to push forward plans for an EU-led military force.
Speaking on LBC, Mr Farage said: “At the time of the Libya conflict, I sat in the European Parliament and I listened to the leader of the Greens and Guy Verhofstadt frothing at the mouth, they were desperate for the EU to launch bombing missions on Gaddafi, but to do it in the name of the European Union.
Nigel Farage railed against EU-led military intervention in the Middle East
They want a militarised European Union and an expanded European Union
“They want a militarised European Union, they want an expanded European Union and they want the European Union.
“They don’t want France or Britain to drop bombs, they want the European Union to drop bombs.
“At the moment they haven’t got the military capability to do much about Syria and I say thank goodness for that.”
Mr Farage claimed further military intervention will only cause more problems for the war-torn region.
The former Ukip leader said it will force more people to flea the country and enable ISIS to once again grow stronger as efforts are concentrated on shifting Bashar al-Assad’s regime from power.
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While speaking to Fox News yesterday, Mr Farage said President Assad shouldn’t be targeted because he fighting ISIS “every day”, insisting the terrorist outfit are a bigger threat to the West than his leadership.
The EU already spearheads a controversial 1000-strong Euro Corps, a brigade of troops manned by 10 EU member states and Turkey.
While in the EU, Britain has used influence to block its expansion, however, Brexit was met with the immediate publication of plans to build a new military headquarters, as EU leaders scrambled to reinforce the bloc’s identity.
4,000 NATO troops take part in Lithuania’s largest exercise near Russia’s border Mon, November 28, 2016
Eleven NATO countries have sent 4,000 troops to Lithuania, the largest Baltic nation, to participate in this year’s Iron Sword exercises. The war games are meant to test the country’s ability to rapidly deploy a large number of troops.
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Members of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade fire blanks from a machine gun during a simulated attack
Separately, Germany’s defence White Paper revealed its own ambitions to lead a pan-European force.
But the prospect was denounced by Mr Etheridge, who blasted the lack of contribution to Nato from EU member states.
He said: “Quite how they think they can have their own EU army when they can’t keep up with America helping them out is farcical.”