Grove-White – Comments by PM’s former security adviser shows hard Brexit risks UK national security

Theresa May’s former National Security Adviser, Mark Lyall Grant, wrote today that the UK’s plans to purchase a new defence armoury of jet fighters, attack helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft risk being derailed by the economic fallout from Brexit. 

Mr Lyall Grant also wrote that the Government’s ‘red-line’ on the European Court of Justice (ECJ) endangers the UK’s continued participation in vital EU security programmes. Today’s intervention by Mr Lyall Grant follows on from reports that the fall in the value of the Pound since the referendum has blown a £700 million hole in the defence budget. 

Commenting on today’s story, Francis Grove-White, Deputy Director of Open Britain said:

"Today's intervention highlights that Brexit has already put our national security at risk by undermining the defence budget, and shows just how dangerous a hard or no deal Brexit would be. 

"The fall in the pound has already reportedly blown a £700 million hole in the defence budget, meaning less money for the equipment and staff our military needs to keep us safe.

"And as Mark Lyall Grant makes clear, the Government's unnecessary and ideological obsession with leaving the jurisdiction of the ECJ risks endangering our citizens by making it impossible to reach a comprehensive deal with the EU on security cooperation. 

"National security cannot be divorced from economic security. That's why the Prime Minister should scrap her ECJ red line, and urgently seek to keep the UK in the Single Market and the Customs Union."

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Notes to editors:

Mr Lyall Grant’s intervention was written for The Observer.[1]