Defence on the Brexit frontline

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Series Details 28.02.16
Publication Date 28/02/2016
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National security is one of the key theme in the UK referendum debate and Prime Minister David Cameron has placed this front and centre in his pitch to the electorate to support his renegotiated terms for membership. The logic of the security argument is that in a time of international instability and uncertainty an exit from the EU would be foolhardy.

Separately, the BBC reported on the 15 March 2016 Lt-Gen Ben Hodges, head of the US Army in Europe, saying that if the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union it could have a negative impact on the Nato alliance.

However, Sputnik International reported that a former British army Commander Colonel Richard Kemp, as saying that a Brexit from the EU could in fact benefit the UK's national security.

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