BREXIT SHOCK: May’s deal will threaten NATIONAL SECURITY, ex-defence chiefs warn

Former M16 Chief Sir Richard Dearlove says May's Brexit deal is threat to national security and should be voted down
Former M16 Chief Sir Richard Dearlove says May’s Brexit deal is threat to national security and should be voted down

Ex-head of MI6 and former chief of the Armed Forces say May’s Brexit deal is a THREAT to national security and should be voted down

  • Sir Richard Dearlove and Lord Charles Guthrie have written to Tory party chairs 
  • They said May’s deal is bad for national security and must be rejected next week
  • PM has used the safety of citizens as a central argument in favour of her deal 
  • May is facing the possibility of a catastrophic defeat of her deal on Tuesday 

TIM SCULTHORPE, DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE|AIWA! NO!|Two senior former security chiefs condemned Theresa May’s Brexit deal as a threat to national security today and called on Tory MPs to vote it down. 

Lord Charles Guthrie; The Former SAS commander was heard of the British Army until 1997 and then chief of the defence staff until 2001, when he retired

Lord Charles Guthrie; The Former SAS commander was heard of the British Army until 1997 and then chief of the defence staff until 2001, when he retired

Ex-MI6 boss Sir Richard Dearlove and former head of the Armed Force Lord Charles Guthrie together wrote to local Tory party chairmen urging to pressure their MPs to vote no.

The letter is a fresh blow to Mrs May’s desperate attempts to win on Tuesday night with forecasts suggesting she is on the brink of the biggest ever Commons loss.

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Ex-head of MI6 and former chief of the Armed Forces say May’s Brexit deal is a THREAT to national security and should be voted down

Protecting national security has been a key argument of the Prime Minister in defence of her deal – insisting cooperation with the EU is crucial for protecting UK citizens.

Ex-MI6 boss Sir Richard Dearlove and former head of the Armed Force Lord Charles Guthrie together wrote to local Tory party chairmen urging to pressure their MPs to vote no

The letter (pictured) is a fresh blow to Mrs May's desperate attempts to win on Tuesday night with forecasts suggesting she is on the brink of the biggest ever Commons loss

The letter (pictured) is a fresh blow to Mrs May’s desperate attempts to win on Tuesday night with forecasts suggesting she is on the brink of the biggest ever Commons loss

The duo insisted the deal would ‘threaten the national security of the country in fundamental ways’.

They said: ‘Buried in the agreement is the offer of a ‘new, deep and special relationship’ with the EU in defence, security and intelligence which cuts across the three fundamentals of our national security policy. 

Both Sir Richard and Lord Guthrie supported Brexit ahead of the 2016 referendum i arguing that quitting the EU would be better for Britain’s defence and security.

The letter, obtained by Sky News, added: ‘Please ensure that your MP (Member of Parliament) votes against this bad agreement and supports a sovereign Brexit on WTO rules.’

The PM’s official spokeswoman said: ‘The claim is completely wrong. Nothing in the Withdrawal Agreement or the political declaration cuts across Nato, our defence or intelligence relationship with the USA or the five eyes alliance – in fact our deal delivers the broadest security agreement the EU has with any of its partners.’ 

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