May's deal 'threatens' national security: Ex-spy chief

                                 By Ahmet Gurhan Kartal</p>    <p>LONDON (AA) - The Brexit agreement reached between the British government and the EU threatens the country’s national security, a former spy chief said.</p>    <p>In a letter addressed to Conservative association, Sir Richard Dearlove, former chief of British intelligence service MI6, calls on the association to ensure Tory MPs vote against the deal, according to a report by Sky News.</p>    <p>&quot;Please ensure that your MP does not vote for this bad agreement,&quot; said the letter written by Dearlove and former Chief of the Defense staff Lord Guthrie.</p>  <p>It claimed British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal would surrender the U.K.'s forces and intelligence services to EU control.</p>    <p>The deal would also damage the U.K.'s relationship with NATO, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the duo claimed in the letter.</p>    <p>&quot;The first duty of the state, above trade, is the security of its citizens,” it said.</p>    <p>&quot;The withdrawal agreement abrogates this fundamental contract and would place control of aspects of our national security in foreign hands,” it added.</p>    <p>A House of Commons vote on the withdrawal agreement reached by May and EU officials is set for next Tuesday.</p>    <p>The possibility of passage is low, as the opposition parties and the government’s de facto partner the DUP have already said they would vote no.</p>    <p>This week the government has been defeated in two key Brexit-related votes, as around 20 Tory MPs cast votes against the government.</p>    <p>The U.K. is set to leave the European club on March 29, ending the country’s more than 40-year membership as the result of a landmark 2016 referendum.