- May 7, 2010
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Britain and France will launch a broad defense partnership on Tuesday that includes setting up a joint force and sharing equipment and nuclear missile research centers, a French government source said.
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France and Britain will agree to set up a joint brigade-sized army contingent with air and sea support, which could assemble as needed to take part in NATO, European Union, United Nations or bilateral operations, the French source said.
British Defense Secretary Liam Fox confirmed the outlines of the agreement.
"We're talking about joint expeditionary forces with our forces in all three services working together to develop common practices, better inter-operability, and to look to see where we get better common equipment," Fox told BBC television.
This seems like it could serve as a potential step towards a single European military force. With the two major European military powers effectively operating as a single military force it will create incentives for other countries to join.