"The news that Royal Navy shipbuilding in England is to end after 600 years is only the latest chapter in the story of how, over the past 30 years, successive governments and a dysfunctional Ministry of Defence have progressively brought about the virtual destruction of our Armed Forces. Much more than is widely realised, however, there has also been a strong EU dimension to this sorry tale."
"In the Nineties, integration with Europe proceeded apace under Michael Portillo, who discussed with the French setting up a joint 'carrier force'. But it really blossomed with Tony Blair’s St Malo agreement with France in 1998, leading....to the Helsinki Accords. Their intention was to set up a 'European Rapid Reaction Force', to which each EU country would make its own contribution, with Britain’s to centre on those two huge aircraft carriers only now taking shape."