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Great Britain leaving the European Union could threaten the Nato alliance at at a time of Russian aggression and global instability, the head of the US Army in Europe has warned.
Lieutenant-General Frederick "Ben" Hodges raised concerns that the EU could unravel in the event of a Brexit, weakening efforts to resist Russian expansionism in Europe and the Middle East.
Speaking to the BBC, Lt-Gen Hodges said the result of the referendum on 23 June is of "strategic interest".
Out campaigners have previously said Britain's position in Nato would not be weakened if it chose to leave.
Brexit-backing ministers complaining about restricted access to Government papers should consider themselves lucky not to be facing the sack, former business secretary Lord Mandelson said.
Speaking to ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship about row over the contents of "Chris Grayling's in-tray", the Labour peer said that ministers should feel lucky they have been given the freedom to campaign outside the "collective responsibility" of Government.
Lord Mandelson said: "Frankly, I think, these complaining ministers are lucky. Usually when members of a government go against ministerial collective responsibility and the will of the Cabinet, they receive one paper - and that's their P45.
"So I think they have got off rather lightly and they should stop whinging."
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