The explosive move will infuriate the prime minister and her allies, delight Brexiteers and dismay Remainers.
The deal would surrender the UK’s forces and intelligence services to EU control, the letter claims
A former top spook and an ex-defence chief have taken the unprecedented step of urging Tory constituency bosses to order their MP to vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
Former MI6 head Sir Richard Dearlove and ex-former chief of the defence staff Lord Guthrie have written to Conservative association chairs claiming the EU withdrawal agreement threatens national security.
In an explosive move which will infuriate the prime minister and her allies, delight Brexiteers and dismay Remainers, they write: “Please ensure that your MP does not vote for this bad agreement.”
In their letter, Sir Richard – who was chief of the secret intelligence staff – and Lord Guthrie claim the prime minister’s Brexit deal would surrender the UK’s forces and intelligence services to EU control.
They also protest that it would damage the UK’s relationship with NATO, the US, and the leading Commonwealth security and intelligence partners Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The controversial move follows a similar warning on security six weeks ago.