PM TO AGREE TO LAUNCH OF PERMANENT EU DEFENCE STRUCTURE?
Defence is first agenda item in today’s EU Summit in Brussels
New ‘European Defence Fund’ set to rise to €1.5 billion per year
The Prime Minister goes to Brussels this afternoon for the start of the 2-day EU Summit of leaders of the 28 EU countries. The first item on the agenda is defence and security.
EUROPEAN DEFENCE FUND
Two weeks ago the EU launched the ‘European Defence Fund’, with the full knowledge and agreement of the British government. As with all EU projects, it is starting small in order not to alarm anyone. However in the case of this initiative the EU plans to move rapidly.
This new EU fund was only formally proposed by the EU Commission in November last year, although it had been on the cards for years. It went from proposal to approval in record time and its launch was announced by the Commission on 7th June – just 2 weeks ago.
NOTE: As the Fund gains pace, member states will be expected to contribute at a rate 5 times that of the EU. This is now common practice in the EU, so that the real costs appear to be much smaller than they are.
THE NEW DEFENCE FUND AND THE ‘BREXIT BILL’
The EU has been clear that it thinks the UK should pay for all commitments it signed up to whilst a member, regardless of whether the actual costs are incurred after the date of exit. The questions are therefore:
Does the government still intend to be part of the EU’s centralized defence forces post-Brexit?
If not, has the government stipulated that it will not pay for this fund after we leave?
No doubt the use of this fund will be part of the discussions this afternoon when the EU leaders meet in Brussels.
Readers should note that the EU generally conflates the subject of security with defence. The reason is simple. EU elites know that the idea of the EU centralizing each nation’s armed forces under the EU flag is not a popular notion. They therefore talk about ‘security and defence’, knowing that most people in the EU are worried about Islamic terrorism. Security is therefore a safe topic to ‘prioritize’.
The reality is that cooperation on internal security and defeating terrorism is a no-brainer. It’s obvious that after Brexit the EU27 will wish to cooperate fully with British intelligence.
However combining countries’ armies – as has already been done in some member states – is much more controversial, even in countries with more Europhile populations than that of the UK. It is our opinion that Mrs May should today signal a different direction for the United Kingdom’s armed forces.
The EU is clearly hell-bent on developing a full, centralized command structure and ultimately they are seeking a de facto European Union army, navy and air force. In case you think we’re indulging in hyperbole, we would simply say that this is the inescapable conclusion any normal person would reach if they had read the thousands of pages from the EU on this subject that we’ve read.
MAJ-GENERAL JULIAN THOMPSON, CB OBE
This is also the conclusion of people like Maj-Gen Julian Thompson, Commander of British amphibious assault forces for the retaking of the Falkland Islands. He told us:
“I’m quite clear that the intention of the European Union is to set up its own defence organisation which – I believe – they hope will eventually replace NATO.”
The centralized command structure has already started with the European Union Military Committee (EUMC) and European Union Military Staff (EUMS). The indoctrination of junior officers has started with the European Security and Defence College (ESDC). And now we have the European Defence Fund – the first time that the EU has openly allocated money to its defence aims.
These are all things agreed to by the British government.
And the European Defence Fund was launched only 2 weeks ago.
We urge a complete rethink on the part of the British government. We further urge that a public debate be initiated on this subject with the utmost urgency, as the vast majority of people are completely unaware of what is going on.