A British exit from the EU would make it “even more dangerous and difficult” to manage the world, the former head of the CIA David Petraeus has said.
In the latest intervention into the EU referendum security debate, Petraeus called for the west to draw together at a precarious time in global affairs as he warned that an isolationist approach always ends with calamitous results.
In an article for the Sunday Telegraph, Petraeus wrote: “Given the dangers and challenges that threaten us around the world, this is a moment when the west and its institutions, including the EU, need to be drawing together – not pulling apart. At least from a national security standpoint, none of the problems the US and UK face will become easier to solve if the UK is out of the EU; on the contrary, I fear that a ‘Brexit’ would only make our world even more dangerous and difficult to manage.”
The comments from Petraeus came as the rival campaigns in the EU referendum clashed on business support, health and security.
The Vote Leave campaign group was forced to revise a list of more than 250 business supporters after two leading figures – David Ross, the co-founder of Carphone Warehouse, and John Caudwell, the co-founder of Phones 4u – said their names had been wrongly included.
A spokesman for Ross told the Sunday Times: “Mr Ross has not made any commitment at all. We have no idea where this has come from. Mr Ross will make a decision one way or the other when he gets back from his Easter break in a couple of weeks.”
A spokesman for Caudwell said he had not added his name to the list, although he has supported a UK exit from the EU. “You have to question how this list has been compiled,” the spokesman told the newspaper.