Britain’s ‘off balance sheet’ contribution to EU Army

By November 14, 2017February 18th, 2021No Comments

Subject: Letter to constituency MP on European Defence Union
Date: 31 August 2017
To: Roger Gale MP

Dear Sir Roger,

Military Unification has been on the European Union’s policy agenda for decades, certainly since the days of Jacques Delors in the 1980’s.

In 1998 French President Chirac and British Prime Minister Blair signed the Saint-Malo Declaration making the Franco-British axis the motor of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy.

2004 saw the creation of the European Defence Agency and in 2009 and 2010 there took place three Franco-British Roundtables for the purpose of integrating the British and French military.

More recently EU military control centres have been set up at Northwood, London and at the RAF base at St Mawgan near Newquay, Cornwall with a strong French military presence at the latter site.

Since David Cameron took office in 2010, Britain’s armed forces have been pared down – so as to better fit into an EU Defence Force? – and Theresa May has shown no sign of changing course.

Our nuclear submarines are at a standstill. Our much trumpeted new aircraft carrier, the Queen Elizabeth has no aircraft, missiles or proper support vessels and its operatives are having to train on a French ship.

Our national defence procurement is a disaster area. For many years we have dithered around, cancelled our best programmes, self-sabotaged our best weapon systems and rebuffed the unequalled talent and genius of our finest engineers and inventors. In 2017 the best we can do is to buy weapons off the shelf from the US or the Continent, with all the disadvantages that entails.

There is abundant evidence for what I am claiming here in the papers issued by The Strategic Defence Initiative of David Ellis. Members of Parliament, however seem to be uninterested and unaware. Surely it is your business to put a check upon the anti-British tendency of our supposedly British Government?

How can Prime Minister May honestly claim to be implementing BREXIT when our defence policy is tying us ever more closely into the EU?

Dennis Whiting
Herne Bay

Patria says:-

A brilliant letter from Patria’s Chairman, Dennis Whiting, to his MP. What a pity the member in question did not deign to respond to the very serious points Dennis made in it.

“I should like to emphasise that although I am proud to sit in the House of Commons as a supporter of the Conservative Party, I try to represent all my constituents, regardless of party politics” writes Sir Roger on his web site.

How typical of an Establishment politician – all talk and no action.