Sir Dearlove wrote to the Conservative chairs, warning them against supporting the current Brexit withdrawal agreement because it represents a threat to national security, it has been reported on Thursday.
The letter from Sir Richard Dearlove, "obtained" by Sky News, allegedly suggested the Brexit proposal by the Prime Minister Theresa May "abrogates" Britain's security and places aspects of it in "foreign hands".
"Theresa May's Brexit deal threatens national security" — ex-MI6 Chief Sir Richard Dearlove. https://t.co/6a24Y7wkau— Chuka Umunna (@ChukaUmunna) January 10, 2019
Some took to Twitter to question the source and the validity of the argument.
When you say "obtained", what does this mean? Only I note that these organisations are meant to be capable of, well indeed, keeping things secret. So either they are not doing this well, or someone said to Sky News, " 'ere, come look at this".— The Modern Aurelius (@modernaurelius) January 10, 2019
we don't care anymore… we want to leave in March, whatever the costs— HiggitGamer (@HiggitGamer) January 10, 2019
Former this, former that, you mean unemployed twonks that will say whatever you want them to for a few shillings…..— Alan Lawrence (@rumpyt) January 10, 2019
More project fear nonsense— Adam conlon (@adamconlon2013) January 10, 2019
Last month an MP in the UK Ministry of Defence has spoken out against a no-deal Brexit and warned severing ties with the European Union without an agreement in place would have implications for national security.
"Leaving without a deal would mean access to around 40 international security programmes would be significantly reduced. Exchanges of critical intelligence data would halt until new arrangements are in place. We would immediately reduce our ability to tackle threats from terrorism to cybercrime, modern slavery to fraud," Tobias Ellwood, one of the defence ministers, said.