Over a dozen senior UK military leaders are to sign a letter warning voters not to support leaving the EU in the upcoming referendum.
They say that doing so would compromise the UK’s national security.
It looks like the propaganda has started in order to sway the voters’ opinions about the consequences of leaving the EU.
The Daily Telegraph say they understand that Downing Street is organising a letter stating the importance of the EU to Britain’s national security to combat the growing threat of ISIS and increasing Russian aggression:
Those likely to sign the letter include Admiral Lord Boyce, General Lord Stirrup and Field Marshal Lord Bramall, three former Chiefs of the Defence Staff, and General Sir Peter Wall, a former Chief of General Staff.
However several other former military chiefs are struggling to reach a decision because they are weighing their concerns about national security against their instinctive Euroscepticism.
The letter is likely to be published this week and comes as both David Cameron and Michael Fallon put Britain’s national security at the heart of their arguments for remaining in the European Union.
However it is likely to lead to accusations from eurosceptic campaigners that the Prime Minister is resorting to “Project Fear” to make the case for staying in the European Union.
In a Sunday Telegraph article, Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants Britain to leave the European Union.
He said: “It is not scaremongering to ask which result Putin would favour. If we left, the European Union for the first time in its history would be smaller and weaker. That’s obviously in Russia’s interests.”
The challenges of Russian aggression and international terrorism are global and transnational and Britain “cannot afford” to be alone, he said.
Mr Cameron said before securing his EU deal: “In a world where Russia is invading Ukraine and a rogue nation like North Korea is testing nuclear weapons, we need to stand up to this aggression together – and bring our economic might to bear on those who rip up the rulebook and threaten the safety of our people.
“And in a world where people look at the threat of extremism and blame poverty or the foreign policy of the West, we need to say: no, it’s about an ideology that is hijacking Islam for its own barbaric purposes and poisoning the minds of our young people.
“And just as Europe has faced down dangerous and murderous ideologies in the past. So again we must stand together in this, the struggle of our generation.”
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