Lord James sets out what we will lose under any EU "deal"

Following his recent speech in the House of Lords, Lord James of Blackheath has now released the Black Vulture paper to which he referred on that occasion, setting out the consequences of not leaving the European Union properly ("no deal"). We reproduce it below. For some of his questions, Lord James has supplied the answers where these were already obvious to him and other right-minded observers.







These questions can be put by both supporters of EU Remain and Brexit leavers.  Of course, they may not get the same answers and where ever they are able, both groups should compare both responses.  This note seeks only to present the questions and does not offer answers on the grounds these are usually quite clear, or already known.


Question 1.     Will leaving the EU mean that the UK will have fully recovered its sovereignty?

No, not entirely, although it will have repaired the damage caused by the Lisbon Treaty, there are numerous other breaches which remain.


Question 2.     Will leaving the EU mean that the British Parliament is restored to its full omniscience as required constitutionally by the Bill of Rights of 1689?


Question 3.     With the May plan, if revived, would that present a result very little different to that from remain? 

No, because it would not restore to us the right of veto which we lost with the signing of the Lisbon Treaty on 13 December 2007.  We would remain wholly subject to the laws and rules decreed and ordered from Brussels, we would have caused Her Majesty to be in put in breach of her Coronation Oath not to in any way reduce the omniscience of Parliament and we would be subject to levels of taxation imposed by Brussels sufficient to cure all the ills of the rest of Europe and our sovereignty would have been irreparably damaged.


Question 4.     Will the UK still have its monarchy and an orderly succession as we know it for future generations?


Question 5.  Will our Courts and Justice systems continue to work in accordance with the same principals and practice as we expect from our Supreme Court?


Question 6.     What is the European Defence Union and how will this affect the UK?


Question 7.     Will the UK still maintain its Army, Navy and Air Force to provide its own security and defence?


Question 8.     Will the UK still have the Pound Sterling as its main currency or will we have to adopt the Euro?


Question 9.   What is meant by Fiscal Unification of the EU?  And will it happen?


Question 10.   If so, does this mean the EU will annually set the tax rates for all Member countries at the level needed to cover the cost of rescuing all E.U. countries which are in financial crisis and need bailing out such as Italy, Greece, Poland etc.?


Question 11.    If so, will this mean a huge rise in the tax having to be paid by every UK citizen?


Question 12.    Is it true that the EU is planning to set up its own integrated intelligence and security operations?


Question 13.     If so, how will the renowned UK agencies such as MI5, MI6 and GCHQ work in conjunction with these, or would they become fully absorbed in the EU overall operation?


Question 14.    If so, what access would we have to the product of such an operation?


Question 15.     And how would such an integrated EU intelligence operation fit with the critical British participation with the brilliantly successful ‘Five Eyes’ global security monitoring activity embracing the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand?  Would the USA trust in essential output to be accessed by European countries?


Question 16.     Madam Von der Leyen has indicated that the EU wishes to be a significant nuclear weapon power. Why?


Question 17.    Does this mean the EU would wish to assume control of the UK’s Trident fleet?


Question 18.     If so:

Who would pay for the planned replacement of Trident?

Would the USA ever be willing to allow the EU access to thermonuclear technology used by ourselves under license?


Question 19.     Will the UK maintain a fair and equal placement of the key and very valuable economically, production orders for all military equipment such as ship building, tanks and aircraft etc?  Would the UK be able to rely upon a fair share of this huge and valuable market?


Question 20.     Is there any truth that Madam Von der Leyen has recently stated that the EU might recognise a future need to introduce conscription across its territory in order to maintain military strength?


Question 21.   What enemies does the EU identify as a cause to justify its military concerns?


Question 22.     Is it true that the EU intends one single overall commission centre to conduct all foreign relations with external countries, to the exclusion of any established relations such as the UK might have?


Question 23.     Could this mean that the UK could be forced into sharing EU hostile or alien relations with countries the UK might regard as friends or even allies?


Question 24.     Is it true that the future European Defence Union will insist upon a central Command and Control structure for the strategy and deployment of all fighting forces regardless of country of origin, and that originating countries will be completely excluded from any authority in such Command and Control?


Question 25.     Is it true that the UK has already agreed to all or any of the EU’s demands for full cooperation in the European Defence Union?


Question 26.     If so, to whom will British forces swear their loyalty as they currently do to Her Majesty The Queen?


Question 27.     Given that the 1969 United Nations Vienna Convention on the Laws of Treaty Making specifically prohibits trading contracts between nations, which can result in enforced national boundary lines, why has the UK not formally petitioned the UN to rule to overturn the EU’s backstop, which specifically does this?


Question 28.     Is there still time to make this petition given that it must be submitted before any formal acceptance — which would seem to be the case up to 31 October 2019?


Question 29.      Did any separate UK Government officers undertake parallel discussion with EU personnel as to key points which would have application after any principle deal negotiated by Mrs May had taken effect?  May we have full disclosure of these secondary but probably important discussions which took place and which are rumoured to be covered by separate signed protocols?  Will these now be fully accounted for?  It is believed all such discussions relate to Cabinet Office Executives.


N.B.: All the points or questions set out in this Black Vulture Report are derived entirely from ordinary press and other media comments over the last year.  Most of these derive from the broadsheet press, although its author has been able to augment this by reference to various media and similar video clips on the internet.  The latter have been particularly helpful in monitoring the very frequent and usually unambiguous comments of Madam Von der Leyen, particularly those relating to the Munich Security Conference, at which the former UK Prime Minister Mr T. Blair was present on stage.  This paper does not contain any statement or information obtained from official or confidential Government or Armed Service sources.


Lord James of Blackheath CBE


And a final question from Black Vulture himself (adds Lord James):

Will there be enough meat left on the rotting carcass of Britain, still an EU Remainer, a once proud sovereign nation, or will I be faced with the sight of a resurgent sovereignty breaking free to fly away to a new freedom and a fully sovereign existence?

Update 30 September

Of my original 29 Questions, Questions 2 to 20 all related to some aspect of the future independent control of our fighting forces and the extent to which the EU might be seeking a transfer of these to its planned European Defence Union. Recently there have been one or two feeble attempts to make comforting answers on this subject by the MOD and others but I regret these have only served to increase my high level of anxiety. So, as an extra Question 30 I will now ask the question again but without any ambiguity, or subterfuge.

Question 30.            Questions 6 to 18 inclusive all relate to unanswered questions as to what precisely is the EDU and to what extent does it expect Britain to commit our fighting forces, intelligence and counter espionage services exclusively to the Command and Control and deployment of the EU controlled EDU?

Whilst I am always grateful for any answers which might throw light on this, I regret I am only made increasingly suspicious by repeated utterances from the Ministry of Defence and others along the lines of “nothing to worry about because we shall still be a member of NATO” which I interpret to mean ‘yes Black Vulture you are absolutely right that we are going to abandon all our Army, Navy and Air Force personnel and their equipment, plus our intelligence services, along with our Trident nuclear deterrent fleet to the EU’ and it will not matter one jot whether NATO is still with us as it will probably then only be a matter of days before the US pulls the rug on NATO to recover all its nuclear technology and leaves us marooned with 11,000 miles of unprotected coastline while the countries we have sought to rescue along with their oppressors (now all having a love-in together in the EU) strip away our fighting forces in the pathetic belief that they will become a global military power. What an insult to the memory of the millions of our brave people who gave their lives in the 20th century to win peace and overturn oppression in Europe.

Now as the planned exit day draws nearer it is clear that we have to ask another and quite dreadful question. Will even a clean break No Deal Brexit not put an end to this treasonous rot or is there some other so far unidentified and unnamed dirty deal which has been done between a British government and the EU to gift away our British forces regardless of whether we are in or out of Europe?

I am certain that the present Government has not entered into any such agreement so who and when did such a dastardly deed happen? Well, the first mention of any ambition by Europe to form something like the EDU came up during the Maastricht Treaty negotiation in 1992 so you can take your pick which Government of the intervening years will have seen fit to commit this disgraceful act of treason on the British people. If you want clues keep looking at the video clips we have of recent EU Defence conferences and see if you can recognise any familiar faces on the platform. You will.

All of this just means one thing: Brexit must mean out of Europe, out of any crazy EDU participation and our wonderful and brave fighting men staying with one loyalty and that is to the Crown of England, Our Queen and the British people. The people of Britain must voice this claim now before any political shenanigans result in further damage to our sovereignty, our national security and the defence of our independence within our national boundaries.

All the points or questions set out in this Black Vulture Report are derived entirely from ordinary press and other media comments over the last year. Most of these derive from the broadsheet press although its Author has been able to augment this by reference to various media and similar video clips on the internet. This paper does not contain any statement or information obtained from official or confidential Government or Armed Service sources.