We’ll there’s some federal populism for you. Of course, Verhofstadt, leader of the European Parliament’s (EP) ALDE fraction and the EP’s chief Brexit negotiator, is safely hiding behind the fact that the trade-off is proposed by Steffen Dobbert.

But Verhofstadt has been pushing for an EU army for years, and doesn’t skip an opportunity to promote his federal fighting force, so this new and improved EU-army-for-free-stuff narrative fits him like a glove.

But, oh well. At least we’d be able to live stream the parades from anywhere.