Ahead of the meaningful vote on the Withdrawal Agreement, Philip Dunne seeks assurances from the Secretary of State for Defence on clauses relating to control of the defence and security of the UK.
Will my right hon. Friend take this opportunity, in the light of tomorrow’s important votes, to explain his view of the claims made by some observers outside this place that the defence and security clauses of the withdrawal agreement would somehow cede control over defence operations and military procurement from Her Majesty’s Government to EU institutions?
I absolutely reassure the House that that is not going to happen. Our sovereign capability and sovereign control over our military and intelligence is something that will always be protected.