Friday 16th March 2018
UKIP deputy leader, Mike Hookem MEP has slammed Whitehall Officials who boasted in a secret meeting with EU Diplomats of how years of future EU/UK defence ties would be hidden from the public, saying, “it’s exactly this kind of backroom dealing that caused Brexit in the first place.”
Former UKIP defence spokesman, Mr Hookem, spoke out after it was revealed that Senior Brexit Department official, Victoria Billing, had likened post-Brexit defence ties - including a pledge to continue spending taxpayers’ money on the developing an EU Army through PESCO - to a KitKat, with a political framework cover, but with ‘a series of agreements’ underneath.
Mr Hookem, who opposes any move towards an EU army, branded the secret meeting “absolutely disgraceful,” saying; “if Civil Servants think the British people will accept backroom deals that keep us at the heart of EU defence plans and an EU army through PESCO; then they are wrong."
“It’s exactly this sort of backroom meddling by unelected officials that made the EU so unpopular in the first place. This is not Yes Prime Minister! It’s about time unelected officials realised they are there to implement the policies the British people democratically voted for, not make it themselves.”
“However, I suspect these revelations are the tip of the iceberg, especially after Cabinet Office security adviser Alastair Brockbank told meeting attendees that it was civil servants who “are negotiating the detail of [PESCO] at the same time as we are discussing the political high-level fluffy bits that will go into any declaration that gets made public.”
“I would, therefore, like both the Civil Service and the Government to come clean with the British people!
“Do they intend to achieve the independence that 17.4 million people voted for, or are we simply going to remain in the European Union by stealth; making us nothing more than a satellite state to the EU in areas like defence and foreign policy?
“As with many aspects of the Brexit negotiation process, ministers have been very vague on the details of what phrases like “continued EU/UK security cooperation” actually mean in reality.”
“I expect much more of this type of behaviour in the coming weeks, as the EU steps up its anti-Brexit lobbying campaign.”