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Reader’s comment: Torn allegiance


In response to Kathy Gyngell: May’s dangerous deal and a warning the media has ignored, Graham Wood wrote:

The letter and its implications raise further questions about the role of all our armed forces in two areas at the very least. Firstly, how would such an alliance with emerging EU capabilities, presumably entrenched at some point in ‘treaty obligations’, square with the Oath of allegiance to HMQ that all military personnel routinely swear on joining? Where will that allegiance lie when push comes to shove in terms of commitment to an integrated EU defence force in the future? How can it be reconciled with that Oath which states: ‘I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors and that I will as in duty bound honestly and faithfully defend . . .’?

Second, how can the disclosure of British defence arrangements in any shape or form by serving defence chiefs down to ordinary ranks be reconciled with the catch-all terms of the Official Secrets Act?

Have May and her treacherous ‘remainer’ colleagues given thought to either of these? I doubt it.

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