West Cumbrian MP Jamie Reed has this week written to the Leaders of the Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Scottish National Parties, calling on them to set out “in clear and unambiguous terms” the threat to national security that Brexit would bring.
The Copeland MP, who was elected to serve on the UK delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Autumn 2015, warned the key political leaders of the impact that Brexit would have on the security of the United Kingdom.
In his message to Jeremy Corbyn, David Cameron, Tim Farron and Nicola Sturgeon, Jamie Reed explains that the NATO Parliamentary Assembly was recently addressed by Ivo Daalder, President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and former US Ambassador to NATO, who described Brexit as “the greatest threat to the security of the United States, the the European Union and the NATO area”.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed said:
“With less than two weeks until the British public make the most important decision in a generation, the leaders of the key political parties must now set out in clear and unambiguous terms the threat to the security of our country that Brexit would bring.
“ The European Union is a key partner for NATO, and our membership has enabled us to work collectively to promote peace, stability and security despite ongoing global threats and uncertainty.
“It is clear that UK membership of the EU improves our national security”.
Full text of Jamie Reed MP’s letter to David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn, Tim Farron and Nicola Sturgeon:
To all Party Leaders,
Brexit and National Security
I write with regard to the forthcoming referendum upon Britain’s membership of the European Union and the effect that ‘Brexit’ will have upon our national security.
It is clearly the case that the effects of Britain leaving the European Union would not be limited to our borders. Leaving the European Union would significantly weaken the EU at the precisely the same time as it faces a belligerent and expansionist Russia, in addition to new, unprecedented challenges in relation to the Middle East on the southern borders of the Union.
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly was recently addressed by Ivo Daalder, President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and former US Ambassador to NATO. With regard to Britain’s potential exit from the European Union, Daalder described this as “the greatest threat to the security of the United States, the European Union and the NATO area.”
By any measure, this is a compelling and informed analysis, yet it is entirely clear that this message is not reaching the British public in advance of the referendum. Without exaggeration, if Britain leaves the European Union, this will compromise our national security, present a threat to the security of our allies in Europe and elsewhere and weaken the strategic military alliance upon which so much of our security depends. It is imperative that this is understood.
To date, the evidence suggests that the British people have either not heard or do not believe the very clear security risks that our exit from the EU would pose. More must be done to ensure that this reality is understood.
In the time available to you between now and June 23rd I am asking for each of you to do all you can, at every available opportunity, to set out in clear and unambiguous terms the threat to the security of our country that ‘Brexit’ would bring.
Jamie Reed MP