The British military risks being pulled into a united European armed forces structure if parliament votes for Theresa May's Brexit agreement, according to an open letter penned by a number of senior officers from the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
The letter, which was published in the Telegraph, outlines the concerns of the retired servicemen about the future of the UK's military independence — or lack of — if Theresa May succeeds in getting her much-maligned Brexit deal through parliament. Despite being overwhelmingly struck down twice in the Commons already, there is increasingly loud talk that the Prime Minister may hold a third vote at some point over the next week.
Critics of Miss May's deal fear that it will leave Britain entirely vulnerable to the diktats of Brussels when it comes to future security arrangements. Indeed, the now-retired veterans reflected this concern in their open letter: "at a time when [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel's party successor is calling for an EU aircraft carrier, we encourage MPs to reflect more carefully on the wider consequences for national security of voting for Theresa May's ‘deal' now or in the future."
A????? TO THE YOUNG VOTERS WHO COMPLAIN THEY WERE NOT OLD ENOUGH TO VOTE LAST TIME DO YOU WANT TO VOTE, IN AND BE CONSCRIPTED TO THE NEW EUROPEAN ARMY Because that is going to happen, Be careful what you wish for!!!!!!!!🤔— Philip Rowell (@PhilipRowell65) 24 March 2019
Macron drives for more EU integration despite or because of the anti-EU element of the #Giletsjaunes protests.— Albert Trigg (@alberttrigg) March 24, 2019
He wants to push ahead with plans for a European army and other integrationist projects and avoid the U.K. wielding a veto inside the EU.
Moreover, they highlight that May's current deal would allow, "as close an affiliation ‘as is possible under EU law' and, incredibly, UK defence and security would be tied, powerless, under the direction of EU foreign and security policy," if makes it through the minefield of parliament.
Signatories to the open letter include Major-General Julian Thompson who oversaw Britain's recapturing of the Falklands islands during the war of April — June 1982.
Reports say that Miss May has attempted to rally her cabinet around a plan to prevent cross-party attempts to stage a vote on possible alternatives to Brexit, including revoking Article 50, a second public referendum and a general election. Yet, despite her efforts, ministerial voices of support have grown for such a vote in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
As the days have passed, reports say that May herself has shifted decisively to the anything-but-a-no-deal-Brexit camp.
Whether or not May will put her Brexit deal to the parliament for a third time remains to be seen, but even if she does so, the chances of it passing are remote at best. The deal was voted down in mid-March 2019 by 391 to 242. The first time it was gunned down was two months earlier in mid-January 2019, by 432 to 202 votes, the largest defeat for a sitting government in British parliamentary history.
Where's NIck Clegg…no European Army! This is whats in store for Remoaners if we reamin in this cabal. Erosion of everything transferred to these dictators. OMG Remoaners wake up. Wealth transfer & confiscation & internal devaluation making citizens poor https://t.co/xoYXBWRCmC— Anderson Joseph (@flourishingpro) 25 March 2019