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Originally posted by woodwardjnr
Originally posted by Silver Shadow
Since when has the US protected anyone.
If a massive oil field were to be discovered beneath Wolverhampton, the US is likely to declare England a terrorist nation and invade the place.
Well they actually service and hold all the parts for our Trident missiles, so if we are ever to used those we will need to get them off America first
Britain is technically so dependent on the US that in effect Trident is not an independent system. For example, the British Trident missiles are serviced at a port in the state of Georgia and warhead components are also made in the US.
Originally posted by Emphursis
But the French? Really? For almost two hundred years, the main reason FOR the Navy was to scare the French!
Originally posted by triplesod
reply to post by Foodman
Hang on a minute!!
Surely we are due another war with France at any moment now, this is the longest time England and France have ever been in peace, it's only natural that one of us is going to try and invade the other soon. How the hell are we going to go about that when we are sharing war ships?!
General de Gaulle's first veto
On 14 January 1963, General de Gaulle held a press conference at which he declared his opposition to the United Kingdom’s application for membership. He referred to incompatibilities between continental European and British economic interests. In addition, he demanded that the United Kingdom accept all the conditions laid down by the Six and revoke its commitments to countries within its own free trade area. On 28 January, the French Government forced its five European partners, who were already shocked by the unilateral veto, to adjourn the membership negotiations.
General De Gaulle was afraid that the new member might threaten the common agricultural policy (CAP) and transform the European Economic Community (EEC) into a huge free trade area. Above all, he regarded the United Kingdom as a Trojan horse concealing US interests: he believed that British membership would lead to the Americanisation of Europe. He declared his support for a deepening and an acceleration of common market integration rather than expansion, and shed doubts on the UK’s commitment to Europe.
De Gaulle's attitude also stemmed from reasons not connected solely with EEC interests. In addition to the anti-British resentment that he had continued to harbour ever since he was exiled to London during the war, he was afraid of British-American nuclear cooperation. When, in October 1962, American Polaris rockets were supplied to the British, this was a grave blow to Franco-British relations, while de Gaulle continued to develop close relations with Germany.
De Gaulle disliked British society and culture which he considered course and uncouth.
He resented the roles Churchill and Roosevelt played in the war.
Originally posted by Freeborn
He refused to allow French soldiers to take part in the D-Day landings only allowing them on shore after the beach heads had been secured.
Originally posted by Freeborn
Ironically The Free French Forces were predominantly made up of troops from France's colonies.