Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) Update – Caroline Stephens


‘A week is a long time in politics’ Harold Wilson once said in 1964. If he was around today he would give a wry smile!

Let’s take a brief look back at the past week in relation to our military forces. Friday 10th November there was still a UK Media blackout on PESCO.  The e-petition was still gathering in numbers, MPs had been responding to our ‘alert’ emails and letters (well some did but most did not) and UKIP campaigners had started to badger Bolton mercilessly for details of ‘what was he going to do about it’?   The group ‘Denounce the Deception’ had arranged a poll to gauge people’s views on whether we should join or not whilst the Gates of Vienna were gathering momentum with a well-written article of warning.  Dave and Carol were busy with our social media awareness strategy and we were persuaded to send information to the Daily Express not expecting anything to be published…..we were pleasantly surprised.  On Saturday morning, Vivien, one of our more active campaigners, sent the finished piece!!  MSM had finally published details before Remembrance Sunday.

The UK went straight to the meeting in Brussels on Monday morning.  The day began with #Where’s Gavin tweets in relation to the new Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson.   In fact Boris Johnson, our Foreign Minister attended the Brussels meeting that saw 23 out of 28 Member States sign an intent declaration to create a nucleus of a joint European Army together with other joint defence projects.  There were some interesting points that came from the talks namely:


  1. NATO was reportedly encouraging member states to join.  
  2. EUObserver reports that ‘third states may exceptionally be invited’ to join the EU military club.
  3. Boris had indicated we would ‘support’ the scheme.  ‘We are there, like a flying buttress to support the cathedral,’ he said.
  4. Ireland declared that they would be finalising their decision within the next fortnight.  

How interesting?  

  1. Up until this time, Brexiteers had always cheerfully responded when questioned about the possibility of the UK joining the EU Army with ‘we’re part of NATO’ so we don’t need to join any EU Army. Presumably this argument needs revisiting?!

     2.‘Third states’ may be invited to join.  Does this mean they can join at any time?  Only the UK along with France             have nuclear capabilities within the EU.   The UK also spends more money than the other EU member states so           surely it would qualify for being a ‘third state’ in any event?

     3.  What did Boris mean by saying that the UK would support such a scheme.  Please be specific Mr. Johnson?                   Why did the UK Government not opt out in the first place like Denmark?  The devil is indeed in the detail!                     When will we learn more?

     4. Ireland’s result will be interesting considering they never listened to their people when they were asked about              the then new EU Treaty some 10 years ago!


On Thursday 16th November we watched Henry Bolton discuss, amongst other matters, the realities of PESCO.  He expressed serious concerns about the ongoing discussions of UK’s potential role in this and warned of possible trade unionisation creeping into the military together with major ramifications for the defence procurement industry.   The ‘bigger picture’ is now emerging.  We thank Henry for his contribution.  

On ‘the other channel’, UK Column covered the #PESCOGATE Campaign and invited me back for an update.  Questions were raised such as why are government politicians linked to PESCO not being vociferous, failing to respond to our letters?  Our new template letter  was revealed.  We can join this new EU Defence Union at any time until 11th December.  Any EU state can join by this date when the agreement becomes formal.   How do we know what the government is planning if they don’t discuss the issue?  To hand our military to a foreign power is #Treason.  Is the UK Government contemplating this?

Strategic Defence Initiatives UK supported both Henry Bolton’s stance and our ongoing #PESCOGATE Campaign commenting: ‘The EU seek to unify all national militaries into EU military Union under single point control from Brussels using PESCO as the frame.  FOR the EU this is an All-in Concept process that the EU owns totally.  It will include, if agreed to by any State, all military Command, Defence Industry, Engineering, Manufacturing, Policy, Capitol Procurement & Operational budgets.   Britain’s case handing & subcontracting compliance would move from Parliament to the SuperNational cooperation of the EU.   For Britain that would include our quality assets of Nuclear capability & the mass of our convention assets. 

“Boots To Nukes” 

EU Military Union is the EU ultimate objective together with Currency Union initiates a EU master Treasury that will TAX.

We must speak up now OR we Lose our Nation, our Military, our Industry and get a TAX BILL! 

No, No, No!

Friday 17th November led to another interview, this time on Facebook’s Daily Brexit.  #PESCOGATE being given top ‘billing’.   My thanks to Olly Connelly for the invitation.   His listeners are very knowledgeable about the current state of play.  After explaining what had been happening in Brussels regarding to PESCO, I said that I believe ‘time is running out’.  The people must unite in common cause to oppose UK involvement in any proposed joint EU Army!  Anti – Brexit forces have grown in confidence since 2016 and the pro-Brexit forces are divided and incoherent.  This is a clear threat to Brexit.  George Soros funds or controls numerous organisations which unite people of different party persuasions to fight Brexit, oppose controls of immigrations and free movement.  Checkmate!

#PESCOGATE Campaign continues with ‘plans up our sleeves’.  Many obstacles lie ahead. We are prepared.  Thanks to all who have supported us thus far.

I give the final word to Winston Churchill.  ‘We shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if …..this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving…… would carry on the struggle… God’s time.



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