Lord Ming Campbell – Speech by head of MI5 shows Brexit could weaken UK-EU security cooperation

The head of MI5, Andrew Parker, gave a speech in Berlin today emphasising the need for continued close UK-EU security cooperation despite the ongoing Brexit process.

Commenting, Lord Ming Campbell, leading supporter of the People's Vote campaign, said:

“At a time of growing instability, our security cooperation with the EU is essential. Whether over the application of sanctions, fighting terrorism, cross-border crime or anti-piracy, UK-EU collaboration makes us stronger and safer. 

“Nobody voted in the referendum to weaken any of this, but as the head of MI5 is rightly warning, Brexit has made that a very real possibility.

“Clearly the way to best ensure the security of our country and of our fellow citizens is to maintain the closest possible relationship with Europe. Severing our ties with Europe completely, as the hard Brexit ideologues want us to do, would be reckless in the extreme.

“With Brexit looking increasingly like a threat to our security cooperation with our European allies, it is only right that we get a People’s Vote on the terms of the final Brexit deal.”