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The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.
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Spearheading the intellectual battle against the EU. And for new thinking in international affairs.

Britain Is Being Sucked Into The EU’s Military Structures; What Will PM Boris Do About It?

EU-Defence
By Andrew England Kerr MEPWe've seen the usual tired old politics.What I haven't seen is any realisation of the real danger this country faces. Perhaps you have to see it first-hand to understand the true scale of it. I have over the past three weeks.I've watched the true force of the Franco-German domination of Europe as key positions are divvied ...
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Guest — Julienne Salem
We truly need full clarification from Boris Johnson on the much talked about, EU military unification. I have asked three MP's to... Read More
Sunday, 13 October 2019 09:07
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A Determined Prime Minister Can Take Us Out

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Here is the fantastic Sir John Redwood MP's article first published on Brexit Central (https://brexitcentral.com/a-determined-prime-minister-can-ensure-we-are-out-of-the-eu-by-31st-october/) outlining how the right man can take us out of the EU by 31st October. For too long we have witnessed this Parliament trying to delay or dilute Brexit. Th...
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On the march - The European Army

May is signing Britain into involvement with the European Defence Agency, the European Defence Fund, the European Defence Industrial Development Programme and PESCO. The EU describes all these together as the start of its military 'integration' leading to the creation of 'a Common Defence' in five years' time. EU leaders have been telling us they a...
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Guest — Adam Hiley
yet again Our Politicians are caught lying May must go eutruth.org.uk
Saturday, 20 April 2019 20:17
Guest — bingo sites offers
What a Great blog of the european army!
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 06:13
Guest — n/a
Can't wait to see the snowflakes when they realise that this is what they stayed in the European Union for, Ho!! and don't forget ... Read More
Thursday, 05 September 2019 07:21
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Post-Brexit EU control over UK Defence

This article by JOHN PETLEY was published on February 13th 2019 by the Campaign for an Independent Britain The Norway model in defence integrationNorway essentially has sub-contracted its security to the European Union. As the EU's defence integration programme has developed over the last two years, the rules for participation by non-member states ...
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Guest — BoPtah
It seems as though your 'duplicitous leaders' post has been deleted.
Tuesday, 05 March 2019 23:22
John Petley
Yes it was. A revised version was written which produced a lot of circumstantial evidence, but the lack of an actual transcript of... Read More
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 09:42
Guest — boptah
Yes. thanks John , I have discovered the other sites https://www.politicalite.com/brexit/brexit-bombshell-a-german-brexit-a-sca... Read More
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 10:12
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Dangers to National Security and Individual Freedom in Mrs May’s “withdrawal” Agreement

Warning! If voted through, this agreement will be irreversible. Parliament will have bound its successors to the EU, possibly into the next century.   The Outline Political Declaration prefacing this "deal" says we share basic values with other EU nations and reaffirms our commitment to the ECHR. This is supposedly the ideological basis for th...
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Guest — Adam Hiley
if the Tories don't wake up and remove Theresa May before Christmas I fear there is going to be serious civil disorder by angry or... Read More
Monday, 03 December 2018 22:07
Guest — Janet Walters
What the hell are you talking about Adam? Mrs. May had done so many things for the UK. People should respect her, not insult her l... Read More
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 08:58
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Brexit must mean a clean break militarily

Supporters of Brexit have disagreed with each other – sometimes quite vehemently – when it comes to trade issues. Which model shall we go for? WTO? Canada? Norway? Take your pick, but you'll find someone equally committed to Brexit who will tell you that you're wrong.The focus of the Brexit debate has been trade and no one would deny that our futur...
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Guest — Martin Carroll
Brexit, it’s implications real or imagined can really only be known upon our fulfilling this aspiration and knowing for ourselves ... Read More
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:25
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Think Tanks and Maginot Lines

EU Strategic Funding of Defence and Security Analysts  This research looks at the EU's strategic funding of defence and security analysts and groups in the UK and more widely across Europe. This has important implications for the debate in the UK over the UK's involvement in the EU's swiftly evolving defence, security and military plans. The a...
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Guest — Harry
Nuclear weapons and NATO have kept the peace for the last seventy years. The last thing we need is an EUSSR army. Whose only purpo... Read More
Tuesday, 07 August 2018 06:31
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The time has come to take a tougher stance with Germany

In a particular scene from one of Britain's most beloved sitcoms 'Fawlty Towers,' the main character, Basil Fawlty, spends considerable time attempting to not insult a German family but ends up doing so in spectacular fashion. This moment was forever immortalised when Basil remarks 'You started it!' to which a German guest replies 'No we did not!' ...
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Strengthening Alliances: How Poland should look to an Atlantic partnership with the US and the UK

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As geopolitical stability in Europe is threatened by an increasingly belligerent Russia, Poland must look to strengthen her economic and regional security. While the current Polish government is already working towards this goal, it will need important strategic partners with converging interests to achieve this objective.Two longstanding allies th...
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Don't Do It! Any form of Defence union is a very bad idea

I outline in my book The Occupation of Britain about the EU's military plans of an EU army. That has always been their plan. In fact this was a plan that stretched all the way back to the 1950s. Even in the 1970s, Prime Minister James Callaghan regarded NATO as the only way of ensuring European security instead of a European army. It is worth notin...
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Ireland and EU Defence Integration

​There's been a lot of talk about something called PESCO and whether it breaches the Irish constitution or the concept of neutrality.What is Irish neutrality and what does the Irish constitution say about it?First there's whether Ireland takes part in activity outside of its own territory and second there's whether Ireland permits other countries i...
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Guest — BoPtah
good article. This is how they plan to keep the UK tied to the EU in my opinion. Large industries tied to the EU through defe... Read More
Sunday, 18 March 2018 16:17
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Lobby Your MP: EU Control Over UK Defence

​The UK has continued to enter defence agreements with the European Union following the 2016 referendum, ensuring that the UK will remain closely bound to the EU. The EU, in fact, has been pursuing the establishment of an 'EU Defence Union' to include the UK even after Britain leaves the EU. Send an email to your MP to call for a full Brexit for de...
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May, Munich, and Military Structures

Theresa May's Munich speech suggests UK's continued involvement in EU security structures post-BrexitAuthor: David WilkinsonNever mind the £350m on the NHS, the fundamental promises of Leave have just been betrayed.Saturday 17th February 2018 will be remembered as the date when all hope, all pretence, that Theresa May had any intention, let alone a...
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British Involvement in EU Security Structures

British Involvement in EU Security Structures
​This short video introduces the series, which discusses various scenarios for defence and security post-Brexit, and the implications not only for Britain, but for the remaining EU member states as well. It provides context on the history of Britain's role as a "friend among nations," recalling specifically Britain's assistance in the Estonian war ...
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European Defence after Brexit - a conversation with Ants Laaneots

European Defence after Brexit - a conversation with Ants Laaneots
Ants Laaneots was commander of the Estonian Defence Forces and is now a member of the Riigikogu, the Estonian Parliament.Theresa May's visit to Poland just before Christmas reminded us of the big realities of Brexit and the EU, realities which are often strenuously ignored.Some of the reporting has, maybe, been wishful of an adoption by HMG of a mo...
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EU Defence and Military: An Analysis of PESCO and Other EU Security Initiatives

.      In November 2017 25 leaders signed up to the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). For the last few years the EU has been building up to a fully operative EU military and realigning member states funding of core projects to permit that to happen through the European Defence Fund (EDF). This is not a new conc...
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Guest — Michael Schwartz
A question for James Coghlan. Is there any intention on the part of the EU to introduce conscription (ie, the draft) to this new d... Read More
Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:32
James Coghlan
https://www.irishnews.com/opinion/letterstotheeditor/2017/06/29/news/eu-policy-could-lead-to-conscription-1070735/ If it leads to... Read More
Thursday, 11 January 2018 07:27
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Government must scrap its compromises over EU military schemes

Veterans for Britain, supported by the Bruges Group, bring an urgent message to Manchester on Monday 2 October: we need full Brexit for defence and an end to recent UK commitments to the EU that have a nasty sting in the tail.

Since the Brexit vote, the UK has given a green light to the juggernaut of EU military schemes on the understanding we would be outside of them.

However, government position papers incredibly propose STAYING IN joint EU schemes on military finance, research and assets.

The schemes, which have never been voted on by MPs, would mean the UK staying in EU Common Defence Policy, the European Defence Agency and even EU defence procurement directives. Norway is the only non-EU country in the schemes and was obliged to accept these rules.

The PM has rightly declared the UK’s unconditional commitment to Europe’s defence via NATO.

However, we fear that MPs and ministers are not aware of the full implications of a Norway-style military union agreement. Many civil servants are aware of these implications and are pushing for UK entry relentlessly.

At the same time as these new EU military finance and structure schemes are being agreed, the EU is growing the remit of its Common Security and Defence Policy in a way that consolidates its control over EU Council-agreed military responses. The EU’s new military HQ, the MPCC, which UK diplomats tried in vain to change, is just a small part of this.

The EU is also tightening defence asset production rules to make an EU defence market in which member state governments will find it impossible to protect domestic defence jobs and industry eg Scottish shipyards in the UK’s case.

Sadly, the Government’s National Shipbuilding Strategy of September 2017 fully adheres to the latest EU rules in cross-border defence tendering – clearly anticipating a future where the UK would need to comply.

It is essential that at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester delegates are made aware of the risk to Scottish shipyards, particularly Ruth Davidson and her Scottish Conservatives team. The UK is heading towards a scenario where it is dictated by these EU procurement rules which will only become more assertive when the UK is fully committed to them.

‘Dodging the EU bullet’

Speakers: Major-General Julian Thompson, Colonel Richard Kemp, Captain Will Carver & Geoffrey Van Orden MEP

Monday 2nd Oct 11.00 at Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M60 2LA

For more info on the commitments made by the UK to the EU military juggernaut and the risks posed from the proposal to stay in them, see:

http://veteransforbritain.uk/dexeus-defence-partnership-paper-is-a-grave-mistake-and-gives-the-eu-control/

and

https://www.brugesgroup.com/blog/the-uk-is-stuck-in-a-quagmire-over-eu-defence-union

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Government Agrees to EU Military

Five concerns for the UK arising from the EU Defence Union

14th June 2017
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There are five main areas which the EU has been pursuing in order to establish what it calls an ‘EU Defence Union’ across the 28 EU countries, including the UK.

1. Procurement policy and incentives

2. Finance

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Guest — Chunkie
THIS IS ABOMINABLE! Where an non British organisation has control over what a sovereign country which is about to leave equips its... Read More
Sunday, 18 June 2017 06:56
Guest — David Ellis
This is so important to the whole Nation brexit? our Crown everything ... We must all shout this from the rooftops !!! No mandate ... Read More
Monday, 19 June 2017 09:36
Guest — Anne Palmer
OUR GOVERNMENT AGREES TO EU MILITARY? Really? Is our Government also agreeing to build up all OUR Forces also? Our Air-Force... Read More
Saturday, 24 June 2017 12:22
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EU security and counter-terrorism control after Brexit

Dominic Grieve, the Conservative Chairman of the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee, argues that the UK must retain membership of the EU’s law enforcement agency (Europol) after Brexit, even if this means “accepting EU rules and judicial oversight for the European Court of Justice (ECJ).” This is not real Brexit and nor will it make us safer, in fact quite the reverse.

5th June 2017
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Security is the new defining issue of both British and European politics. Even the United States is concerned that Europe’s problem is a danger for us all. It will also form the key issue in the Article 50 Brexit negotiations, or at least so the Government hopes. According to The Daily Telegraph, the Cabinet meeting of 7th March 2017, which approved the strategy for PM Theresa May’s opening gambit in her soon to be sent Article 50 letter mentioned security no less than 11 times.

 

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Guest — Gerard Batten MEP
Quite so. Why would anyone trust the organisation that gave us the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy to g... Read More
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 12:10
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Co-operation after Brexit in the spheres of Justice and crime prevention

The UK should not seek full Europol membership or participation in the flawed European Arrest Warrant scheme.

30th May 2017

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One unavoidable fact about the modern world is that criminal gangs and terrorist groups work across national borders.

 

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The UK is stuck in a quagmire over EU Defence Union

EU Defence Union has gathered pace since late 2016 and the UK is deeply involved. Ministers have so far failed to explain why they are agreeing to the plans and how they will regain control.

15th February 2017
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A senior EU Commission official boasted in January that the EU "has done more in defence in the last seven months than in the previous decades".

 

It certainly looks like they have stepped up the pace since the Brexit vote.

 

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Guest — Simon Blanchard
It doesn't seem as though Fallon, May or Johnson are aware the UK is leaving the EU any time soon, that we voted to leave the EU. ... Read More
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 00:06
Guest — Simon Blanchard
To surrender UK military and manufacturing capability to the remote workings of the EU is a serious dereliction to national securi... Read More
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 12:00
Guest — DICK R
This goes some way to explain the prolonged sham negotiations that are underway.
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 10:27
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EU Militarisation: A Dangerous Future

Protect our defence and security – Vote to Leave the EU
21st April 2016
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According to Colonel Richard Kemp Britain would be forced to join an EU army within five to 10 years if people vote to Remain in the EU.

“An EU army is inevitable. As the EU has declared, it is moving to ever closer union,  it intends to become a fully fledged superstate. That’s the plan.”

“We would essentially be giving up our right to sovereign self-defence. Control of the EU army would not rest with us but in a collective EU decision.”

“There would never be consensus for an EU military operation  to retake the Falklands. It could not happen.”

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