We should not take chances with security
✒ MICHAEL James (Echo, June 27) takes a very glib, indeed insulting, approach to the D-day veterans who declared that ‘peace and friendship is now threatened by Brexit.’
While Mr James is correct that NATO is the bedrock of Europe’s defence, the veterans are absolutely correct that many security issues, not to mention goodwill and friendship, are under threat from a no-deal Brexit.
To take a few examples: » The UK could be blocked from the European Defence Fund which is due to spend £11.6bn from 2021-27 on military research and procurement
» UK participation in EU operations (UK military personnel have been deployed on 25 of the past 35 EU missions), considered vital by our military but despised by small-minded nationalists, would cease.
» Cyber security co-operation with the EU, highly important according to UK military and intelligence chiefs, becomes uncertain.
» Joint courses with the French (eg the Inter Command twice-yearly study course in Normandy involving some 250 UK officers each time) face disruption.
These are only a few examples. Playing fast and loose with the facts and ignoring realities has become synonymous with those advocating Brexit.
Please do not do this on security, thereby undermining UK defence and it’s dependence on the goodwill and friendship of our European neighbours.