15th June 2016

How the EU referendum will affect UK defence

15th June 2016 // 0 Comments

What leavers say Brussels is determined to centralise control of defence. The EU – backed by such countries as Germany and Spain – wants to create a European army which would risk undermining Nato. Pressure for closer military ties are set to intensify following the referendum. Meanwhile European judges are claiming jurisdiction over UK forces on active service. The European Union Act of 2011 says British defence powers can only be handed to the bloc with the approval of MPs and a referendum EU bureaucracy has tied up the Ministry of Defence in red tape, leading to delays in building Typhoon aircraft and new aircraft carriers. The EU has proved inept in defence issues. It failed to cope with Yugoslavia’s disintegration in the 1990s and […]

Sri Lankan Prime Minister tells UK to stay in the EU

15th June 2016 // 0 Comments

In brief Sri Lanka ‘very concerned’ about the probable impact of a British exit from the EU The decision voters of the UK must make on 23 June is a momentous one As a politician who was first elected to Government in 1977, I have closely observed key political developments in the global landscape over the past 40 years or so. To name a few: the Chinese economic reforms initiated by Deng Xiaoping in 1978, which gradually integrated China into the world economy; the economic reforms in India of Prime Minister Narasimha Rao which led to India becoming an impressive regional power; and the establishment of a European single market. Global stability is of vital importance to us The outcome of these initiatives was the […]