Today we publish letters which have reached us in the last few days, addressing one burning issue only: PESCO. Please refer to the article by Caroline Stephens published yesterday here on UKIP Daily. The first letter comes from Adrian Price and is a request to publish the email he sent some time ago to Henry Bolton on this issue:
I sent the e-mail below to Henry a couple of weeks ago – please feel free to publish it in UKIP Daily, as this is an important topic of which all UKIP members and supporters should be aware.
Respectfully, Adrian Price
You may recall that we spoke at the Burgess Hill hustings and a couple of times at the conference. I left you with a document outlining my thoughts on the threats that corporate globalism in its many aspects poses to freedom, justice and security. Oh – and a leaflet promoting the UK Column, who cover many of these topics with deep experience and authority. I renew my congratulations on your election as Leader.
I am writing to you both as Leader and in your capacity as Defence Spokesman because the accelerating military union between the UK and the EU poses an existential threat to British nationhood and sovereignty. As you are no doubt aware, there has been much recent and open talk of launching Permanent Structured Cooperation (‘PESCO’) before this year is out. Over the last decade or so Britain’s armed forces have been cut to the bone, to the point where many vital defence functions have now been irrevocably impaired – nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers being just two of many examples. So-called bilateral defence agreements have made us dependent on foreign powers for such vital functions. Absolutely intentional, this ‘capacity levelling’ manifests the implementation of the long-planned EU military union. Several joint EU military Command and Control centres have already been built and commissioned, ready for activation at 24 hours’ notice – we will in time see our forces placed under the command of foreign officers. There will be joint capital and operational budgets, which will naturally need to be administered by a Treasury that will of course want to acquire direct taxation powers. I recommend the UK Column’s Defence pages as a rich and authoritative source of further information on this entire topic.
How is any of this compatible with Brexit and sovereign nationhood? An independent defence capability is utterly indispensable to a sovereign nation – but we have all but lost that capacity and by the year end what remains of our military sovereignty will enter an irrevocable process of planned dissolution.
I’m very concerned that apart from a couple of mentions at the conference, UKIP is strangely silent on this topic. Surely we should be shouting this from the rooftops? Surely we should have a prominent position paper on our website? Or perhaps I have missed something…
With best regards,
Adrian Price, Acting Chairman, UKIP Worthing West
The second letter is from Christopher Gill, President of the Freedom Association, who asked us to publish the letter he wrote to his MP on PESCO:
I’ve sent the following letter to my MP and would be grateful if you could publish it!
Respectfully, Christopher Gill
Philip Dunne Esq MP, House of Commons,
WESTMINSTER, SW1A 0AA – 8th November 2017
There are mounting suspicions that HMG is on the cusp of making additional Defence related agreements with the EU.
Given that this flies in the face of the recent popular vote to leave the EU and all its institutions, this development is more than a little alarming.
That apart, if, as Major General Julian Thompson asserts, the UK becomes a party to the European Defence Union (EDU) my understanding is that we will have ceded, not least, control over military procurement and frankly, whoever controls our arsenal, effectively controls our Armed Forces.
By extension this would mean that the ‘Defence of the Realm’, traditionally regarded by Conservative administrations as being absolutely sacrosanct, would be dependent upon the agreement and cooperation of an EU in which we no longer had a political voice. In this context you may recall the refusal of our EU partners, the Belgians, to sell us ammunition at the time of the Falklands campaign !
As a former Defence Minister you are probably well-informed on these matters and able to provide me with a summary of our military entanglement with the EU (as distinct from our entirely uncontroversial membership of NATO) and also to give me the assurance I seek which is that HMG will not enter into any further binding defence related agreements with the EU, pending Brexit.
I understand that decisions regarding the EDU are scheduled for this month and therefore, in view of the urgency of this matter, I am releasing this letter to the Press who I feel sure will be as interested as I to learn where the nation stands on this supremely important issue.
Yours sincerely, Christopher Gill.
Finally, our correspondent Torquil Dick-Erikson sent these remarks on the same issue of PESCO:
We understand that on Monday a decision will be taken to set up a single EU army, which will include our armed forces.
UK participation in this plan, known as PESCO (Permanent Structured Co-operation, leading to integration of Defence facilities), is to continue indefinitely even after Brexit, as part of an overarching “UK-EU Security Treaty”.
The MSM are continuing to ignore this dire threat to our national security, to their eternal shame, and the Defence Minister, instead of alerting the public about this, resigns because he touched a lady’s knee some years ago (!!!).
I hope that at this eleventh hour the media will take up this issue, and sound the alarm, as some papers did about the Corpus Juris threat to our legal system back in 1998.
Respectfully, Torquil Dick-Erikson
If one owned a most cynical and machiavellian mind, one might surmise that Mr Fallon’s resignation was ‘engineered’ at this time precisely so that PESCO would not have to become an issue in the MSM …