It is essential for the UK to remain an independent sovereign state. To do this we must continue to maintain our own Armed Forces and to nurture a strong and relevant UK military industrial complex. The nature and size of our defence capability should be shaped by UK foreign policy and the basic need to defend our shores. Indeed, the prime responsibility of any British government is to ensure that Britain is properly defended and capable of meeting any treaty obligations.
Without fear of contradiction, it is clear that the EU agenda is to foster ever closer political union. This agenda necessitates an EU foreign policy, an EU military industrial complex and EU defence forces. Successful completion of these three aspirations will signal a final chapter in the creation of an unified EU. British defence will be reliant on the EU and the EU will use UK force elements to further its own foreign policy aims.
Gradually and largely by stealth, the EU has been working to achieve its defence goals by firstly developing a military industrial complex. Work on EU forces and foreign policy is carried out in parallel but it is in the perhaps less controversial area of the industrial military complex that the EU currently applies its main effort. Once reliance on an EU military industrial complex has been achieved then the creation of combined EU Forces will be a logical step and difficult for individual governments to argue against. The attraction of a perceived reduction in risk and costs through the standardisation of equipment would be cited by the government as reasons to collaborate in this EU policy.
The evidence of the formation of this EU military industrial complex can be seen in the giant Franco-German European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS). It is the impact though on the UK that should be explored. The UK has given up vast swathes of its military industrial base to other EU countries. This is not a conspiracy, it is fact and no-one seems to care. For example, most of our electronic, radar and guided missile technology is now developed by Thales – a French company. The latest version of the Royal Navy’s frigate uses French missiles. Westland helicopters were taken over by Agusta – an Italian company (Heseltine finally got what he wanted). Aircraft wings are produced by AIRBUS. Most of our Space and satellite companies are owned by European companies. Many of the British companies once heavily involved in military work have gone: Plessey (now part of Siemens), Marconi, Ferranti, Racal, Vickers, EMI, Alvis; the list goes on! Moreover, this transfer process has not been reciprocal. Involvement of UK companies and or takeovers of European companies is practically none existent. Successive UK governments and UK business have failed to ensure any balance in this one-way process. Again we have given ground to the EU and gaining nothing in return.
Very recently the UK came very close to fulfilling the EU ambitions in respect to its defence strategy. The UK defence company BAe committed itself to a merger with EADS. The BAe board saw commercial reason to complete this merger. Afterall, the UK government was not providing any National direction and were complicit in the EU defence concept. Ironically, the Germans scuppered the deal because they feared that the British company would have too much influence. This is a window into the EU soul: any integration will only be accepted on their terms. If BAe had merged with EADS then the day of complete EU defence integration would be inevitable and irreversible. Everyone needs to be made aware that Defence is our final defence against the EU superstate. If we capitulate on this matter, then its game over. Yet, rarely are these issues discussed, probably because their is no single voice standing up for UK defence issues and holding the government to account.
The fact that British governments past and present have aided and abetted the downfall of British manufacturing and in particular military manufacturing is fundamentally down to the psyche of decline and the spineless politicians that rule us. They wrongly see the EU as a panacea.
It is symptomatic of leaders who have no clear vision for our country and are prepared to sell everything for short term gain. The merger of BAe into EADS would have moved the UK that bit further into political union, an EU fait accompli, It would have been too late to wake up and say “we want our Country back”.