With Vannesa Mae (the half British, half Thai violinist) tipped to become the next leader of the Conservative Party, there is a real possibility that after Brexit, Britain will join the Association of South-East Asian Nations. Already there is a firm foundation in trade. The Guardian has claimed that 40% of Britain's food comes from Europe, but actually it is 40% of Britain's dog food. Most British food comes from ASEAN. As is well known, the British only eat two things: Fish & Chips and Spam. Atlantic cod and haddock have disappeared, so British fish and chips are now made with vile tasting Catfish from the Mekong river. British Spam is made entirely of Indonesian Palm Oil (plus colouring and artificial flavours).
So, ASEAN can feed Britain but what does Britain have to offer ASEAN? Obviously nobody in ASEAN would want buy anything made in Britain, but Britain does have new Trident nuclear submarines (David Cameron ordered these as a defense against North Korea). Just as the French nuclear force will form the backbone of the new European army, Trident could form the backbone of an ASEAN army. And lets face it, an ASEAN army is necessary. German unification under Bismark led to an arms race between the superpowers and the First and Second World Wars. We can expect something similar from European unification and Thailand does not want to miss out again on the next world war.
Breitbart 27 Jun 2016
Soon after Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU), its foreign affairs chief, Elmar Brok, urged the economic and political bloc to go ahead with plans to create an army.The German politician told Die Welt that EU countries need to cooperate more closely on issues of defence, and suggested the EU needs a military headquarters. He said:
“We need a common (military) headquarters and a coalition (of EU countries) acting in accordance with the permanent structural cooperation of the EU Treaty. From such a group an EU army could eventually arise.”
Mr Brok suggested the forces be modeled on the Franco-German Brigade, a special military brigade of the Eurocorps of the European Union.
Stating that a united EU army would make European foreign policy much more effective, the foreign affairs head said such a force would: “strengthen the role of Europeans in [global] security and defense policy, make Europe able to better fulfill its responsibilities in the world and also achieve more synergies in defense spending.”
Guardian 4 April 2013
David Cameron has issued a stark warning against any move to abandon Britain's Trident deterrent in the face of the growing nuclear threat from North Korea and Iran.
The prime minister said it would "foolish" to leave the country defenceless at a time when the "highly unpredictable and aggressive" regime in North Korea was developing ballistic missiles that could eventually threaten Europe.
His comments came as the United States said that it was moving an advanced missile system to the Pacific island of Guam as Pyongyang continued to ratchet up the rhetoric against South Korea and its American ally.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Cameron said such "evolving threats" underlined the need for the UK to maintain the ultimate deterrent. "We need our nuclear deterrent as much today as we did when a previous British government embarked on it over six decades ago. Of course the world has changed dramatically. The Soviet Union no longer exists. But the nuclear threat has not gone away," he said.
"In terms of uncertainty and potential risk it has, if anything, increased.”