Europe is reducing soldiers to ‘civilians in uniform’, General warns –

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He argues that Britain’s contribution to European defence “can manifestly be better made solely through Nato” than through the European Union.

He also says that it is an “insult” to EU nations to suggest that Britain’s membership of the European Unino is necessary to secure peace in Europe.

He says: “European law, in my view, has already seriously undermined UK’s combat effectiveness as a result of the intrusion of European law into national law, and today, our service men and women are in danger of becoming no more than civilians in uniform.

“Yet it clearly takes an entirely different set of disciplines to prepare soldiers sailors and airmen for war from those that exist in the civilian work environment. “

If the necessary psychologies and disciplines cannot be developed in training during peacetime, then it is unlikely that our people will rise to the uncompromising demands of the battlefield in time of war.”

Major General Tim Cross, who was Commander of UK forces in Iraq, says: “Our history and our trading links give us global interests, global links and friends on every continent.

“We do not need to subcontract our future to an organisation constantly juggling the views of 28 countries whilst moving inexorably towards full political union and all that comes with it: unified armed forces, unified systems of justice, unified monetary and economic policies.”

Major General Julian Thompson, who commanded 3 Commando Brigade during the Falklands War, says: “The result of this referendum will determine irrevocably what kind of country we, our children and our grandchildren will live in.

“Either Great Britain will remain in the EU, dominated by people who we do not elect, who we cannot throw out and who dictate many of the laws which govern us, or we will take back control and return to what we were: an independent country in which our Parliament is elected by us, and answerable to us as the lawmaker.”

However Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, warned yesterday that a vote to leave would be welcomed by Russia as a “payday for Putin”. He told the Commons that a Brexit would be “extraordinarily irresponsible” and said that “Putin would certainly be voting Leave”.

Europe is reducing soldiers to ‘civilians in uniform’, General warns –