Daily Debrief May 27th

 Are we being conned over secret EU Army?

Many papers report today on the ‘secret plans for an EU army’ and how voters are being conned by Brussels officials, (that can’t be true, surely?)

The Telegraph for example,  under the headline MPs warn voters being ‘conned’ as Brussels keeps plans for EU army secret until after referendum, says,  British voters are being ‘conned’ by Brussels officials who are keeping plans for a European army secret until after the referendum.

Liam Fox, the former defence secretary who served under David Cameron, told The Telegraph the ambitions showed the EU is wedded to the “dangerous fantasy” of creating a single defence force. Another Eurosceptic Tory MP said voters were being “deceived” and “hoodwinked” about the true scale of the EU’s drive to create a single army.

As I said in a recent debrief, the Lisbon Treaty talks about a duty of ‘on-going structured military cooperation’, and argues this amounts to a commitment to an EU Army.

I have no doubt that the ECJ would interpret it in those terms – this is the way that “ever closer union” comes about  So when Cameron tries to redeem his pledge that we’re exempt from “ever closer union”, the reply will be “But you already signed up to this measure at Lisbon.”

Of course, as ITV reports, the Government is denying any such plans.

Cameron won’t get involved in the US election

Fair enough,  just a shame no-one told Obama not to get involved in the referendum!

Anyway, at the G7 summit in Japan, he said the ‘special relationship’ between the UK and America will survive a Donald Trump presidency.

He is quoted as saying, “I’m not going to get involved at all in the American election – it’s a matter for the American people to choose their next President. I believe in the special relationship. I believe the special relationship will work whoever is in whichever jobs in the UK or in the US – it’s a shared interest about values and about security and prosperity in our world.”

Interestingly his comments come about as rumours surface of his being a secret ‘Brexiteer’.

He  said Britain will “find our way” even if the country votes to leave the European Union and added the Prime Minister the UK is “an amazing country” and will flourish “whatever the British people choose” in the referendum. I couldn’t agree more.

He did though deny claims he was a Brexiteer after his friend and former No 10 aide Steve Hilton claimed he previously supported leaving the EU.

Meanwhile, while we are on the G7 summit – Angela Merkel said Britain’s EU referendum was not formally discussed at the meeting of the world’s most powerful leaders. The German Chancellor said that Brexit was “no subject here” when asked if she and the other leaders of the world’s major economies discussed the issue.

It’s 32-page declaration did include warnings over the UK leaving the EU though, which yet again will fuel controversies over outside interference!

Stay in the EU and kiss goodbye to controlling immigration

Reacting to the news that an estimated 333,000 more people moved here from all over the world than left Britain in 2015 – second by just 3,000 to the all-time high posted during last year, (it was more than triple the Prime Minister’s target of under 100,000 a year and 20,000 more than in 2014), Boris has warned if we stay in the EU we will never control the figures.

As our leader said Nigel Farage said: “Mass immigration is still hopelessly out of control and set to get worse if we remain inside the EU.”

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7 Responses to Daily Debrief May 27th

  1. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Trumpets: (GWPF)

    “Among the proposals, Trump said he would pull the United States out of the U.N. global climate accord, approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada and rescind measures by President Barack Obama to cut U.S. emissions and protect waterways from industrial pollution.


    How hard would it be to copy that…as in all else done here. Yep….VI difficult.

  2. Shieldsman says:

    Where is the EU going if we stay in?
    It was in March that I picked up on Breitbart a lead to EurActiv.com dated 16 March
    Elmar Brok: ‘The idea that the EU will not advance any further is false’
    EU treaty changes are laborious and come with a great deal of uncertainty. As a result, the European Parliament is assessing an own-initiative report that intends to assess what reforms of the functioning of the EU are possible without treaty changes. EurActiv Germany reports.
    On 20 January, European Parliament Committee on Constitutional Affairs rapporteurs Elmar Brok (EPP-CDU) and Mercedes Bresso (S&D-Partito Democratico) submitted their draft report. The final text is expected to be adopted by the Parliament before the summer break.
    German MEP Elmar Brok is chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and a member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs.
    The Parliament’s constitutional affairs committee is currently assessing your report, which bears the lovely title “Improving the functioning of the European Union building on the potential of the Lisbon Treaty”. Is it really possible that many of the EU’s existing problems with the Lisbon Treaty could be addressed? Or are the proposals laid down in your report just the first steps towards greater reform?
    We are preparing another report, authored by Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE), to do with treaty changes and where they are necessary. But, we first wanted to demonstrate the fact that we need quick solutions and that there is still a lot of wiggle-room left when it comes to the Lisbon Treaty, as well as dispelling the mind-set that things can’t get done because we can’t change the treaty. That is why we have collated a number of examples of what is actually possible under the current treaty: from majority voting to new foreign and security policy, as well as the issue of EU headquarters and the possibility of a Commission vice-president also serving as president of the Eurogroup, among other matters.
    Whether any of these are actually pursued or not is neither here nor there, we have shown that the opportunity is there, though.
    Several of your report’s proposals call for the ‘passerelle clause’ to be activated, so that national veto rights can be circumvented and qualified majority votes counted instead. Is it not too optimistic to expect national governments to agree to this?
    We then go onto the actual document (PDF) – DRAFT REPORT on improving the functioning of the European Union building on the potential of the Lisbon Treaty (2014/2249(INI))
    Committee on Constitutional Affairs Rapporteurs: Mercedes Bresso, Elmar Brok

    91 & 92 I quoted yesterday related to the creation of a Permanent Military Operational Headquarters.

    Not much use without an Army to command.

  3. I believe along with a lot of ex service personnel that if we stay in the EU the euro army will happen as over the past few years our armed services has been constantly trimmed back. We now believe that this is the reason

  4. Jack London says:

    In the ONS report on immigration I noticed it stressed that it was using a UN definition of long-term immigration that defined it as ‘over a year’. a bit lower down the page that really let the cat out of the bag.
    Short term immigration into the UK (i.e. of periods up to a year) was at 1.2 million for the year ending June 2014. (And that period ends only six months after Bulgarian/Romanian free entry began. Imagine what it must be now!)
    65% of the 1.2 million are here for ‘other’ reasons – ie not to work (at least not taxably) not studying, not tourists etc. They can’t all be wealthy flaneurs or scholars with a private income, one can safely assume.
    And how is that ‘temporary’ quality measured, I wonder – since many EU immigrants freely come and go, staying to work or claim for a few months, going home, coming back etc.
    These 1.2 million in one year will be more now, of course. And what extra strain do they put on our housing, health services, transport, police, social services, the schools, as they come and go at will?

  5. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Full Event: Donald Trump Press Conference & Speech in Bismarck, ND (5-26-16)

    Its hope if nothing else….so far its words. So waiting for the action after POTUS swear in…not Clinton…please!

  6. astrogalblog says:

    Hello how can I retweet some extracts of your briefings? There’s no share option?

    Nell Pursey

    Sent from my iPad


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