Lord Robertson, former NATO Secretary-General, warned today that UK-EU security cooperation will suffer after Brexit.
During an event at the Policy Exchange think-tank, Lord Robertson commented that: “There is going to be a reduction in the effectiveness of the intelligence gathering that is being done at a European Union level and some of the institutions, like the European arrest warrant, that have proved to this country to be hugely valuable…These are the realities, the chickens that are coming home to roost now. We are going to find ourselves in a disadvantageous position.”
Commenting, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“No-one voted for a Brexit that leaves our country less safe, but the warning signs are flashing with increasing urgency.
“These comments by a former NATO Secretary-General should worry everyone who cares about the safety of our country. Brexit has the potential to seriously weaken our national security.
“And as the debate rages inside Cabinet about the defence budget, the reality is that Brexit has already cost our economy £24bn in lost growth before we have even left. The staggering cost of Brexit will inevitably mean less money available for priorities like defence.
“With Brexit looking increasingly like a threat to our longstanding security cooperation with our European friends and allies, we need a People’s Vote to decide whether or not the deal on offer is good enough.”
Notes to editors
The full comments by Lord Robertson can be read here: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2018/jun/27/pmqs-may-corbyn-brexit-leaving-eu-will-cost-10bn-more-than-government-claims-say-mps-politics-live (15:48)