‘Wake up!’ Germany wants to break up UK and damage economy, warns ex-diplomat

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And Adrian Hill said the Government should stop pandering to Brussels over Northern Ireland, pull the plug on the trade deal signed in December and “walk away” – while he also backed a pledge by Express.co.uk readers to boycott EU products. Mr Hill, a former officer in the Royal Engineers who among other diplomatic posts worked as a member of the Channel Tunnel team at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the COBRA Committee of the Cabinet Office, was speaking after Andreas Michaelis, Germany’s ambassador to Britain, talked up the possibility of a stronger bilateral agreement with a country he suggested was an ideal partner for a “deep alliance”.

Similarly, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister, speaking during his recent trip to the UK for the G7 summit in Cornwall, suggested his country and the UK needed to focus on their “common interests”.

Meanwhile the UK and Italy have traditionally worked closely in the area of defence, with Leonardo and BAE Systems among the companies collaborating on Tempest, sixth-generation fighter project.

However, Mr Hill said the Government should be wary of such international alliances.

He told Express.co.uk: “When will these schoolboys wake up to reality?

“The German Army’s strategic plan is more than clear – NATO is breaking up and so is the EU.

“Germany must bind the eurozone countries around her to preserve the economy and surrounding export markets.

“All the satellite economies such as Britain must be kept within the orbit of the German economic sun.”

Mr Hill did not object to collaborating with Italy and Sweden on Tempest.

However, he added: “There is nothing to gain by getting into bed with an EU/Germany that is busy trying to break up our country and damage our economy.

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“Boris and his mates may not be able to see that but, take it from me, we voters can.”

Addressing the UK’s future relationship with the EU, Mr Hill, a regular contributor to the Briefings for Britain website, said: “We are out, no longer liable for anything save the Eurocrats pension fund.

“We should triple our defence budget and stop kowtowing to the EU.

“For a start we could take the advice of the lawyer star chamber and insist on sorting out the Northern Ireland mess and the fishing. “

Mr Hill added: “If the EU refuses, scrap the trade deal and refuse to pay the EU a penny. There’s nothing they could do, frankly.

“The good old British public have started boycotting EU products.

“If I were Boris – and I’ve met him and liked him – I would pay a lot more attention to what the ordinary Brit thinks of all this than a bunch of pussyfooters in Westminster and Whitehall.”

Speaking last month French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Drian said: “On many issues, we have congruent views, shared analysis or common interests.

“We are neighbours. We cannot sit there immobile staring at one another.”

Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor raised eyebrows in 2017 when she said of the USA and the UK: “The times in which we could completely depend on others are, to a certain extent, over.

“I’ve experienced that in the last few days. We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands.

“We have to know that we must fight for our future on our own, for our destiny as Europeans.”

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