EU plot to ‘cripple’ UK defence exposed amid Von der Leyen’s dream for Brussels army

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Defence policy analyst and Brexit campaigner David Banks explained that the EU has set up the European Defence and Technological Industrial Base (EDTIB) to set out what all EU countries must achieve. He claimed that the EU can advance its project of defence political integration with the plans. Speaking to The David Ellis Report: EU Boobytrap, Mr Banks said: “Ursula von der Leyen is one of the key characters behind the EU defence architecture and the growth of military EU.

“The link between the EU directive and the EU’s defence architecture is that the EU knew that it had to cripple or disable the link between member state defence equipment budgets and domestic industry in order for the EU to have the chance to be the principal supervisor of those industries.

“That’s why they brought in the directive.

“Once they’ve got that integrated defence industry it’s far easier to advance the project of defence political integration than the joint working of EU capabilities alongside the EU integrated defence industry.

“At the end of the day, being able to defend yourself comes down to money and technological capabilities.”

It comes as talks with the European Union on a post-Brexit trade deal will take place in Brussels from Thursday.

The UK side led by Lord Frost and the EU’s team under Michel Barnier have been meeting in London since the process restarted last week

In a sign that enough progress is being made to at least allow talks to continue, the teams will move to the Belgian capital to continue their discussions.

European Commission spokesman Dan Ferrie told reporters: “I can confirm that negotiations are ongoing in London right now, they will run until tomorrow and then they will take place here in Brussels, as of Thursday.”

He would not be drawn on the status of the negotiations but said both sides are “engaging intensively” to reach a deal.

On Monday, Downing Street warned “time is very short” to bridge the “significant” gaps between the UK and EU.

The current transition arrangements expire at the end of the year and a deal will need to be reached within weeks in order for it to be ratified by then.

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The main obstacles to a deal have been rows over fishing rights,the so-called “level playing field” rules to ensure fair competition and governance arrangements for any agreement.

The European Union and Britain are engaging intensively to clinch a deal on their future relationship, before a transition period ends on December 31, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

“Both sides are engaging intensively to reach a deal,” a Commission spokesman told a regular press briefing, without commenting on the ongoing negotiations.

The two sides are meeting in London for negotiations until Wednesday, after which the talks will continue in Brussels, the Commission said.

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