Vernon Coaker words ahead of the UK-France Defence Summit at RAF Brize Norton

Vernon Coaker MP Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, speaking on the eve of the UK-France Defence Summit at RAF Brize Norton, said:

“Britain’s defence partnership with France and our international allies helps maintain our place as a strong, safe and secure nation playing an important role in the world. A developing and deepening of those links is welcome.

“The EU is an important strategic and trading partner for the UK’s defence industry. Thousands of British jobs and manufacturing and design contracts worth billions of pounds depend on our relationship with Europe.

“David Cameron’s approach to Europe is putting party interest before national interest. Rather than pandering to his Conservative backbenchers who want Britain to leave the EU, David Cameron should bear in mind the uncertainty he is creating for British businesses and think about the British defence jobs he is putting in danger.”