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Adrian's emails to Sir Peter Bottomley on RE: Brexit vs UK-EU Military Union?


Adrian Price

20:00 (15 hours ago)

Dear Sir Peter,

 

Thank you for taking my call about PESCO earlier this week. You stated that you “didn’t recognise” any threat to post-Brexit national sovereignty and self-determination, and that you were unaware of any plans for military union. You apparently understand this in terms of a harmless and sensible ‘co-operation’ but it is clear the essential aims of Brexit will be fundamentally and irrevocably thwarted if Britain joins in PESCO.

 

As the elected representative of a constituency that voted to leave the EU, I strongly urge you study the details before it is too late to do anything about it:

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Adrian Price

(address as below)

 

From: Adrian Price

Sent: 02 November 2017 22:47
To: 'BOTTOMLEY, Peter' 
Subject: RE: Brexit vs UK-EU Military Union?

 

My own words and my own initiative. I would much appreciate a telephone conversation – feel free to call me at your convenience, my number is below.

 

--A

 

From: BOTTOMLEY, Peter 
Sent: 02 November 2017 22:21
To: Adrian Price 
Cc: BOTTOMLEY, Peter 
Subject: Re: Brexit vs UK-EU Military Union?

 

Did you write all this yourself?

Perhaps we might speak in the morning?

Peter B

 

Sir Peter Bottomley MP

Parliament, London SW1A 0AA

 

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From: Adrian Price 
Sent: Thursday, November 2, 2017 9:34:53 PM
To: BOTTOMLEY, Peter
Subject: RE: Brexit vs UK-EU Military Union?

 

Dear Sir Peter,

 

I would greatly appreciate a response to my e-mail below – I should like to know where you stand on the matter of UK-EU military union from the perspective I have outlined.

 

For a more detailed discussion of this perspective, I recommend this article on the UK Column Brexit: Theresa May's CARDs Are On The Table.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Adrian Price

 

From: Adrian Price 
Sent: 22 October 2017 16:09
To: Peter Bottomley 
Subject: Brexit vs UK-EU Military Union?

 

Dear Sir Peter,

 

I am writing to you 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 ‘independent’ nuclear deterrent placed under the control of the EU and our armed forces under the command of foreign officers. There will be joint procurement and strategy, 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.

 

How is any of this compatible with Brexit and the restoration of national sovereignty? 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 am further alarmed at the unconstitutional manner in which Britain’s involvement in PESCO is proceeding, with, so far as I can tell, no parliamentary scrutiny or debate. How is it that the same Government which proclaims “Brexit means Brexit” (a tautology if ever I heard one) is apparently prepared to surrender Britain’s national defence sovereignty to the EU? This is an act of treason! I can only conclude that the Government has not the slightest intention of delivering a meaningful restoration of sovereignty to our nation and that ‘Brexit’ is illusory.

 

I recommend the UK Column’s Defence pages as a rich and authoritative source of further information on this topic. The Bruges Group has also published an excellent article on the subject, and here is a change.org e-petition that I have signed.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Adrian Price


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