MEPs to vote on controversial report handing military power to Brussels

Published Nov 21, 2016

Mike_Hookem.jpgMEPs are set to vote on a controversial report to pass swathes of power to an EU military structure which would see Brussels interfering militarily in political parties and UK policing.

The report, which is being debated in Strasbourg next week, aims to give more powers to the military components of the Common Security and Defence Policy including powers to rival NATO with a 'mutual defence clause' and a permanent Headquarters with permanent military and civilian staff. It also means UK tax payers will have to fork out millions for an EU Defence Research project and an EU defence minister despite the British public voting to leave the EU.

UKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP said the report "has huge implications for the sovereignty of the UK and its ability to control its own military. What we have in black and white isn't the 'dangerous fantasy' that Nick Clegg tried to trick voters with in 2014 but the plans for an EU military and security structure to firmly push NATO out of the way," he said.

"Alarmingly, it is even calling for this new Brussels military to combat 'subversion' which covers everything from political opposition to the EU by legitimate parties to books, films criticising the EU and a crack down on free speech - with the EU the judge and jury on whether it is allowed or not."

The document states that member states do not have the ability to protect themselves without combining forces and calls for 'EU strategic autonomy outside of NATO' which would also see it pushing its way into internal security matters which come under the power of the Home Office currently.

Mr Hookem also said the use of the migrant crisis to push ahead with an EU military structure "showed the shamelessness of the EU to use a crisis of its own making to further its own political aims.

"The terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris have direct links to the stupidity of the EU's migrant policy which, had it been carried out by an organisation with any level of accountability, would have seen senior figures being unceremoniously fired."

It also seeks to exploit the huge funding cuts that the UK military and other EU military structures have faced from successive governments by saying that countries cannot defend themselves and 'have difficulty in maintaining a very broad range of fully operational defensive capabilities.'

"We certainly do have a problem in the Armed Forces but that has been deliberately caused by governments over the past few decades eroding our manpower, our investment in technology and our weapons systems including leaving the country without a fixed wing aircraft carrier, proper tanks, little heavy artillery and now even leaving the Navy without missiles whilst it joins France in a joint development mission which at best can only be called 'strategically short sighted.'

"With the election of Donald Trump to the White House the UK has a real opportunity to bring back that special relationship which President Obama cared so little about.

"To make the most of this opportunity we need to invoke Article 50 as soon as possible and revitalise the UK Armed Forces including an increase in defence spending and investment in our troops and in the industries needed to have a strong engineering and defence sector in the UK."

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