Brexit will be 'applauded' in Moscow: UK defense secretary

Britain’s possible exit from the European Union (EU) will be “absolutely applauded in Moscow” as it would lead to the relaxation of Western sanctions against Russia, says UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon.

Speaking before the House of Commons defense committee, chaired by fierce Brexit supporter Julian Lewis, Fallon warned that voting to leave the 28-member bloc during the June 23 referendum would be detrimental to Europe’s security.

“A huge amount is hanging on the vote on 23 June not just for the people of this country but for the collective security of Europe and the west,” he told the bipartisan committee.

Referring to the Ukrainian crisis and Crimea’s reunification with Russia, the top military official noted that without London’s leading role, Western sanctions against Moscow would have been much weaker.

“We were there and able to lead the debate, the EU was able to ensure the toughest sanctions were imposed,” he said,…

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