EU Army – Fact Or Fiction?
For years UKIP has spoken of an ever-closer union between not only EU member states but their military too, a concept wildly refuted by opposing political parties, the EU itself and a former Lib Dem glory hunter, Mr Nick Clegg.
Well, it’s true and a meeting of nation-state Foreign Ministers will take place in Brussels on Monday 13th November which will seal the deal for most of the 28 member states. It is expected that the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) will pave the way for joint military deals between countries relating to manpower and logistics and the agreement will be officially launched in December of this year.
We have all read many articles detailing the existing EU military structure or the EU Defence Union as it is called, along with glossy videos produced and openly shared by the EU, so you may think that reports of an ever-closer military union between members states is old news. To a point you would be right; we always knew it was the plan of the EU to carry out such actions. Previously the UK government has categorically denied any plans for our military to be consumed and would continue to remain separate, however, there are growing reports that the UK government intends to accept a deal even though the country voted to leave. PESCO is even being used as a bargaining chip by EU negotiators to assist with BREXIT; if we agree to it, they will make concessions.
The majority of the participating electorate voted to leave the EU. We cannot agree to deals binding the MOD to equipment sharing /purchasing with neighbouring European countries along with tailoring our manpower to work in unison with them prior to leaving the EU and then keeping these deals in place. When we leave, we leave. We will always play our part, working with and supporting our European counterparts when required but, we do not need agreements which determine how we decide to man, direct and procure for our own UK defences.
For years, successive governments have been running down our Armed Services in preparation for this move. Defence Reviews seem to be the tool of choice to carry out this action with the cloak of a change in threat. We are expecting a review in the coming months which will most likely see huge reductions in the Royal Navy’s amphibious capabilities, all in the interests of cost-cutting and support for the EU Defence Union. This country is an island and we must be able to defend ourselves at all times whilst meeting the current NATO requirements and being able to play our part globally.
The EU, driven by Germany seeks to reduce our defences to a point where we have no option but to play our part at its behest and are unable to refuse or be able to say no. We will become completely subservient and independently ineffective. German military commanders have already been running tabletop military exercises testing its capability to be able to defend itself if the EU were to break down whilst we work to run our Armed Services into the ground. If our government agrees to PESCO or any other watered-down deal with the EU in terms of our military capabilities, it will be one of the greatest crimes against this country and its people. We must have full control over how we defend the UK and what we spend our own defence budget on.