Commenting on the Government’s position paper on the UK’s future security partnership with the EU, released tomorrow [Tuesday], Chris Bryant MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“The Government’s intention to continue to share a deep foreign policy and security relationship with the EU in future is welcome, but it makes a mockery of their threat to leave the EU with no deal at all.
“Doing so would overnight end our security relationship with Europe, putting our citizens and theirs at risk. It is high time the Government dropped its absurd no-deal threat.
“Finally, the Brexiteers seem to be waking up to how important the EU has been in advancing peace and security. The Foreign Secretary used to claim the EU played no role whatsoever in keeping us safe but today he praises its ‘crucial’ role in helping us to achieve our foreign policy goals.”
Notes to editors:
Boris’ flip flops on the EU and security:
Tomorrow, Boris Johnson is expected to say that “in recent years, the European Union has helped achieve crucial foreign policy goals – from bringing Iran to the negotiating table, to uniting in response to Russian aggression in Ukraine.”
However, during the EU referendum campaign, Boris said: "If you want an example of EU foreign policymaking on the hoof and the EU’s pretensions to running a defence policy that have caused real trouble, then look at what has happened in Ukraine.”
He also said: “The argument we might broadly call the peace-in-Europe argument – that the EU is associated with 70 years of stability, and we need to stay in to prevent German tanks crossing the French border…is wholly bogus.”