Ex-MI6 and defence chiefs urge MPs to vote against Brexit deal

Former MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove and former Chief of the Defence Staff Lord Guthrie have written to Conservative constituency bosses urging MPs to vote against the Brexit deal that is currently being tabled.

They both claim that the EU withdrawal agreement threatens national security. Dearlove and Guthrie claim that Theresa May’s Brexit deal would surrender the UK’s forces and intelligence services to EU control.

They also protest that it would damage the UK’s relationship with NATO, the US, and the leading Commonwealth security and intelligence partners Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

On 29 November, Sir Richard, along with pro-Brexit campaigners Sir Rocco Forte, Martin Howe QC, Lord Lawson, Lord Trimble and former Royal Marines chief Major General Julian Thomspon, wrote to the prime minister.

At the time, Downing Street said the claims that Mrs May’s deal would threaten UK national security and surrender influence on defence and intelligence to the European Union were “simply wrong”.

The letter also asks Tory constituency bosses to “ensure your MPs vote against this bad agreement”.

Dearlove and Guthrie’s remarks are sure to be attacked by some MPs for meddling inappropriately in the democratic process by former government employee’s.

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