David Cameron is facing a backlash from military leaders over a letter saying Britain must stay in the EU on national security grounds after one of Britain’s most distinguished war heroes said he felt pressured into signing it.
Field Marshal Lord Bramall, the former head of the army, said he was presented with a “fait accompli” by Downing Street and said it was “not the kind of letter I would have originated myself”.
It also emerged that at least two other former Chiefs of Defence Staff, Field Marshal Lord Walker and Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, declined to sign the letter along with General Sir Peter Wall, a former head of the Army.
Or as one of those who declined to sign it said:
Another former senior Army officer said he had declined to sign the letter because he had deep concerns about the potential threat EU policies posed towards British security, particularly following its inept handling of the migration crisis.
The officer said: “I am interested in defence and security, and the letter deals with neither defence nor security so far as I am concerned.
“On the contrary, you only have to look at the EU’s handling of the migrant crisis, with an estimated 6,000 jihadis said to have made their way to Europe from Syria disguised as refugees, to see that Brussels has helped to create a direct threat to our well-being.”