Michel Barnier delivers his proposals on the Future Relationship
Far from being a 'done deal' as Boris puts it, the second phase of Brexit negotiations look like they will pull UK back in.
A document has come to light which spells out EU military command and control structures, and gives the lie to UK government denials that British troops would fall under EU control.
Those following the progress of European Defence Union will have heard of PESCO, the Permanent Structured Cooperation on Security and Defence. Termed the sleeping beauty of the Lisbon treaty, it aims to deepen defence cooperation among EU nations. You may be aware the UK has not formally signed up to this legally binding agreement; but is nevertheless involved in many of its constituent parts, such as the drive to improve military mobility. But have you heard of the opposite pole of European Defence Union? It is called the European Intervention Initiative or EI2.
EU Defence Union has been the subject of parliamentary questions and speeches in both the House of Lords and the European Parliament. Yet, in the mainstream media and on the floor of the House of Commons, there is silence. Behind the scenes, however, British government ministers have attended meetings to discuss these matters in detail. One of many such meetings occurred in Brussels, on 19 November, 2018.
Lord James of Blackheath has been threatened with the police, told to retract the comments he made in the House of Lords on EU Defence Union, and is facing demands to resign and remain silent on the issue from now on.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Germany has had to choose a new Defence Minister following the 'election' of Ursula von der Leyen to the post of President of the European Commission. They chose Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.
Last week, Ursula von der Leyen, serving German Defence Minister, spelled out her vision for EU Defence Union. In response, the two Tory leadership candidates, the Brexit Party, as well as the rest of British politics and the media, said absolutely nothing.
If we do get to Brexit on 31 October will this truly achieve “taking back control”, as the original referendum intended?
Nigel Farage is back, a hero once again. Yet despite his new party’s success at the EU elections, Nigel Farage still refuses to engage on the issue of the UK’s future defence relationship with the EU. Why?
Lord James of Blackheath, the man who spotted the first lead that revealed British and Israeli involvement in the Iraqi Supergun affair and who in 2010 became just about the only peer of the realm to raise the issue of the national debt in proper terms in the House of Lords, has released this paper, which calls upon the Lords to prevent the Crown shattering the Constitution by acting in breach of the Monarch's oath of office to uphold the Declaration of Rights 1689.
Francois Fischer, Head of the Intelligence Analysis Division, European Union Intelligence and Situation Centre, comments on Brexit.
“Mr Blair, I want to know what your point of view is regarding a European Army, and do you think this might be an additional incentive for a Brexit?”
The EU has been insensitive bordering on contemptuous in seeking to impose what amounts to unconstitutional conditions upon us. This cannot be and the result has been made clear by the wholesale rejection of the base proposal.
The UK Column publishes what we believe is the only English translation of the full text of the Aachen Treaty which Germany and France will sign this week.
As pressure builds for the issue of EU Military Union to enter the Brexit debate, government becomes ever more vociferous that Britain will not be part of any such project. Strangely, though, history seems to suggest that Military Union was British policy from the beginning. Is it credible that Britain would not be part of something it has spent so much effort building?