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Major General Julian Thompson directly contradict the implausible claims made by David Cameron in the letter dictated in Downing Street, which was subsequently circulated amongst some of the more compliant military for signature. We heard subsequently that preferment was likely to be doled out to those who assisted David Cameron in passing off the myth that Britain is better off as a member of the grossly inefficient, obscenely costly and undeniably failing EU, which has so severely damaged these United Kingdoms and the interests of our people and our allies since we were dishonestly duped into membership!
I fought for Britain and I know how the EU weakens our defences
The myth that leaving the EU would harm British national security must be destroyed once and for all
Today, membership of the EU weakens our national defence in very dangerous times. Why? Clear-sighted understanding is obscured by four common myths.
Myth One is that the EU has kept the peace in Europe since 1945. Former Commission President Barosso claimed that the EU stops us going back to trench warfare. This is nonsense.
Look at the facts. What brought peace to Europe after 1945? The American Marshall Plan was largely instrumental in rebuilding European economies after the Second World War and restoring prosperity to a war-torn region. Secondly, from its inception in 1949, Nato deterred the Soviet Union from attacking; and deters the likes of Mr Putin to this day. And German fascism was burned out by their experience in the Second World War. They are now a peaceful nation.
The EU wasn’t there, then. It didn’t start until the mid ‘50s.
But did the EU have a hand in keeping the peace later on? No.
More facts: 1959-2011’s Basque Conflict – the EEC/EC/EU played no part in resolution.
1968-1998: The “Troubles” in Northern Ireland – the EU did nothing to help end the violence.
1974: The Turkish Invasion of Cyprus – the EEC/EC/EU played no part in resolution.
So what about the Balkan conflicts of 1991-2013?
1991-1995: The Croatian War of Independence was mainly resolved thanks to the Nato-manned United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR).
1992-1995: The Bosnian War was resolved by Dayton Accords giving NATO authority for action.
1997: Unrest in Albania was resolved by Nato.
1998-1999: The first Kosovo War was resolved by Nato.
2001: Insurgency in the Republic of Macedonia was resolved by Nato.
2004: Further unrest in Kosovo was resolved by UN/Nato.
2008: Yet more unrest in Kosovo was resolved by Nato.
2011-2013: North Kosovo Crisis was resolved by Nato.
Conversely when people of EU member states, or of future member states, or of neighbouring nations needed help the EU failed. There is a pattern here.
Myth Two is that the Americans want us to stay in the EU. Lame duck President Barack Obama and his State Department may say this; but Mr Obama is not America. I know from recent visits to the US that the message at the sharp end in the US defense and security community is that they want us strong and committed to our NATO alliance, based on deep trust of each other in the Anglosphere Five Eyes Alliance (the sharing of intelligence by the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).
This constant self-promoting chipping away by the EU weakens deterrence and wastes Nato time and resources. Worse, it was EU diplomatic recklessness that kicked off the Ukraine crisis; and the EU’s wish to spread its influence, a latter-day form of imperialism, has weakened east European support and strengthened the hand of fascists and communists in those countries. This all helps Putin.
Myth Three is that if Britain takes back control of her own destiny it will help Putin. The opposite is the case. The mayhem the Euro created in southern Europe gave Putin big openings to make mischief there. The European Union’s persistent efforts, led by France, to up the profile of its own defence aspirations by criticising and downplaying Nato is a distraction and leads to wasteful duplication of missions. There is a tried and tested Nato chain of command with appropriate committed forces and headquarters. We do not need a EU copy.
Myth Four is that the EU helps us defeat Islamist terrorism. The European Arrest Warrant is often cited. This is nonsense: State-to-State extradition works perfectly well with no added benefit from meddling Brussels bureaucracies. Ill-considered statements by Chancellor Merkel hugely exacerbated the migration crisis. This crisis and the inability of the EU to police its external borders has allowed home-grown Da’esh terrorists to slip back into Europe to launch attacks. By remaining in the EU, we are unable to stop those with EU passports coming to Britain.
Our defence against terrorists depends above all on strategic intelligence shared by the Five Eyes Alliance. For good reasons we do not want to trust most European states, and certainly not the EU bureaucracy, with such sensitive intelligence. We do, however, share tactical intelligence with our neighbours on a case-by-case basis for reasons of mutual self-interest. This is a state-to-state function and there is no place for EU bureaucratic interference.
Finally, some say: “stay in to rescue others as the EU founders.” I say we’ll do that better from a seaworthy lifeboat than shackled to a sinking deck.
I know from my lifetime’s experience in the service of my country that delusions about what actually keeps us safe, threaten us all. So let us put an end for good to these myths about the EU helping security. The facts show the very opposite.
Maj Gen Julian Thompson commanded 3 Commando Brigade during the Falklands War
With remarkable charity I note that Major General Thomson refrained from the potential controversy of a senior officer serving at the time in a war zone found himself and his troops put at huge risk by Britain’s membership of the EU during the defence of The Falkland Islands when they were invaded.
You may well recall that Exocet Missiles were supplied to the invaders by France, who also trained the Argentinians in their use. It was the use of Exocets launched from 2 French supplied Super-Etendard from over 35 miles away that sank The Sheffield, The Atlantic Conveyor was also destroyed with 2 A-39 Exocet Missiles, The Sir Gallahad was attacked with Spanish supplied bombs. Many will also remember that during the British defence of the Falklands and their inhabitants Belgium sought to withold supply of ammunition giving a shortfall which we rapidly had to source from our alies America!
In passing it is worthy of note that ARA General Belgrano was armed with Exocets and which was sunk manouvering in the ocean, under instruction to attack and sink any British vessel lost 321 of their compliment + 2 civilians who were on board.
It is also worthy of note, in passing, that NONE of the members of the EU lifted a finger in our support when the Falkland Isles were invaded by Argentina as a result of which you can be assured that membership of the EU does NOT make Britain safer nor does it make Britain stronger!
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With an avg. 1.2M voters per MEP & Britain having only 8%, if united, say. The EUropean Parliament has no ability to make policy and has a Commission of unelected bureaucrats, thus clearly the EU is not even a pretence of being a democracy; yet The EU & many of its vassal States are willing to slaughter people in Sovereign States to impose The EU’s chosen brand of democracy on them!
The imposition of a Government and policies upon its vassal regions such as the peoples of Greece shows just how far from being a democracy the EU is.
There will be little or no change in Britain’s economic position, when we leave the EU, using a better negotiated & updated version of the ‘Norway Model’ as a stepping stone to becoming a full member of the Eropean Economic Area, where all will benefit, as we secure trade relations with the EU’s vassal regions, with an EFTA style status and can trade and negotiate independently on the global stage, as members of The Commonwealth and the Anglosphere.One huge benefit will be that we can negotiate with bodies like the WTO, UN, WHO, IMF, CODEX and the like, directly in our own interest and that of our partners around the world in both the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere at large; rather than having negotiations and term imposed by unelected EU bureacrats and their ionterpretation of the rules handed down as if they were some great achievement by the EU.The greatest change and benefit will be political, as we improve our democracy and self determination, with the ability to deselect and elect our own Government, with an improved Westminster structure, see >Harrogate Agenda<.
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