Riots are spreading across London this evening (16th June) following the total destruction of the Grenfell Tower over the last two days in a fire which surely had no right to occur in London in the 21st century. There have been many wounded and an as-yet unknown number of residents who have died. It is understandable that the homeless survivors who have lost so many friends and family members must be intensely angry and desperate to find someone to blame for the cause of such a fast and furious blaze at the Grenfell Tower. But these rioters are also being used as an excuse to push other grievances, pro-left-wing, anti-Tory Government, anti-capitalism, anti-Brexit…anti anything.
However, should the current Government fall and a Left Wing Labour Government take its place, and since we are still in the European Union, such a Government might feel it could ask Brussels to send in their European Gendarmerie Force. The Eurogendfor was established in law during 2007 by the Treaty of Velsen and is a combined police and militia force, currently formed from six EU member States. It is designed not only to strengthen the EU Common Security and Defence Policy but also — as in this case — to deal rapidly with any perceived threat of civil unrest in all member states.
My article about the EU’s Eurogendfor was published in UKIP Daily a couple of years ago, and in view of what is happening in London at the moment, I’m worried that, since we’re not out of the EU as of yet, and since the media have been going on about ‘Tory Cuts’ to the Police forces, Ms May’s government could have recourse to it should the situation worsen. Here are some relevant paragraphs of that article:
“The EGF was officially declared operational in 2006 but its status was not finally enshrined in law until 18th October 2007 in the Treaty of Velsen.. . According to Article 5 of this Treaty, the force may also be placed
“at the disposal of…the UN, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), NATO and other international organisations or ad hoc coalitions”for various missions.”
Article 4 of the Treaty states that the EGF forces could be placed under either civilian authority or military command to perform security and public order missions, by supervising local police and including criminal investigation work. They could also conduct public surveillance, border policing and general intelligence work and, according to a ‘Solidarity Clause’ in the Lisbon Treaty of 2007, the EGF could now even ‘assist a Member State in its territory, at the request of its political authorities’.
Our reader Jane Birkby writes:
“They could be invited in under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 if a leader thought there was a threat and personally took complete charge of the country. The 2004 Act is a fascist enabling act with woolly vague wording, just like Stalin and Article 58 of Lenin’s Criminal Code and the enabling act tht Hitler pushed through the Reichstag under threat of arms. Under Stalin it enabled the woolly wording to be “interpreted” as labelling people enemies of the state, to be arrested and sent to Gulags, to intimidate and general population.”
Does that mean we could see the Eurogendarmerie Force on the streets of Britain helping, let’s say, to put down so-called political unrest? Since no assurance to the contrary has been given by the British government that the EGF will never be allowed to operate on British soil, and indeed, it has even gone so far as to agree that the force could do so with the Government’s mere ‘consent’, this could indeed happen. And once the Eurogendfor are inside the country, no British government could ever order them to leave.”
Ed: While the government is still waffling on about what sort of Brexit we’ll get, it would be nice to hear from Ms May or indeed Ms Rudd that they would categorically not invite the EGF into our country should things run out of control.
More from that article:
“A worrying sign, pointed out by journalist Jason Groves writing in the Sunday Express a month before the signing of the Treaty of Velsen, was that with no publicity, a similar gendarmerie-type force had been in operation in Bosnia even before the Treaty had been signed. This could indicate that those organising the EGF are happy to operate outside of parliamentary control and this can be expected to determine the nature of future European interventions.”
Ed: The points following below, made in 2015 still apply – we’re not out of the EU yet, and we have had no indication from Government if they will keep these EU controls for the UK even after we’re out:
“There are now three EU controls over UK justice and home affairs –
- The European Arrest Warrant which allows UK citizens to be arrested in this country on the request of an EU member state, and sent to foreign jails without bail while awaiting trial.
- Europol, the European Intelligence Agency whose officers have diplomatic immunity for whatever they do.
- And now the European Gendarmerie Force, a multinational police force with military status, which is able to enter any EU member state, including the UK, at the request of the government and could also operate globally as a paramilitary force.
Jane Birkby then points out that the Eurogendfor
‘would also have immunity from prosecution in the execution of their duty’.
Ed: One wonders what our Human-Rights-Lawyers would have to say about that – not that they have made any noises, to my knowledge, but please correct me! Sonya Jay Porter revisited her original article, and in a communication today she raises these same questions which have been unanswered as to date Only, they are no longer purely academic, given the events happening these past few days!
So if the police aren’t able to deal with the rioters rapidly and if the present government is brought down we might soon be facing foreign troops on our streets and a complete loss of Brexit.