The ongoing battle between globalism and nationalism is on display most prominently here in the United States as Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee who has run a campaign focused on nationalism and economic populism, prepares to battle the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee, globalist puppet Hillary Clinton.
That ideological struggle is not limited to the United States, as voters in the United Kingdom prepare to cast their votes in a nationwide referendum on June 23 to decide whether or not to leave the European Union.
The referendum, known as “Brexit”, has divided the governing Conservative Party, with Prime Minister David Cameron campaigning heavily for the United Kingdom to remain in the EU and former Mayor of London Boris Johnson campaigning for its exit. Nigel Farage and his United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) have also campaigned heavily in favor of leaving the EU.
Prime Minister Cameron, in his dogged quest to keep the UK in the EU, has attempted to scare voters by suggesting a vote to leave the EU could lead to war.
Johnson, for his part, has likened the European Union to a plan envisioned by Nazi leaders like Albert Speer during World War II as a means of controlling European countries under their occupation.
“The truth is that the history of the last couple of thousand years has been broadly repeated attempts by various people or institutions — in a Freudian way — to rediscover the lost childhood of Europe, this golden age of peace and prosperity under the Romans, by trying to unify it,” he said. “Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically.”
Long considered a conspiracy theory, and dismissed as such by many, including former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat) who referred to the concept as “dangerous fantasy,” plans for a continent-wide European Union Army appear to be in the works.
The Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy, drafted by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, calls for the formation of new European “military and operational structures” (AKA the initial command and control structure of a continent-wide armed force).
The details of the plan, however, will not be released publicly until the day after the Brexit vote so as not to “inflame public opinion” in the UK.
Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, has long supported the creation of an EU army to address the perceived threat to Europe from Russia.
“You would not create a European army to use it immediately,” he said. “But a common army among the Europeans would convey to Russia that we are serious about defending the values of the European Union.”
Nigel Farage has lambasted European Commission President Juncker on the floor of the European Parliament for using manufactured crises to provoke tension with Russia as an excuse to push the creation of an EU army.
“We ourselves in the European Union provoked the conflict through our territorial expansionism in the Ukraine. We poked the Russian bear with a stick, and unsurprisingly, Putin reacted. But this now is to be used as an opportunity to build a European army… And Mr. Juncker said, we must convey to Russia that we are serious. Who do you think you are kidding, Mr. Juncker?”
“Those of us who have always warned about Europe’s defence ambitions have always been told not to worry, but step-by-step that ever closer union is becoming a reality. We cannot afford to be conned in this referendum as we were conned in 1975,” said Liam Fox, a former Defense Minister under Prime Minister Cameron.
French National Front leader Marine Le Pen has promised a French referendum on EU membership if she is elected President next year. “I would vote for Brexit, even if I think that France has a thousand more reasons to leave than the UK,” she said.