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Matt Hancock, the health secretary, is about to hold a press conference.
He is appearing with Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England, and Dr Susan Hopkins from Public Health England.
David Cameron, the former Conservative prime minister, has been giving evidence to the joint committee on national security strategy. Mostly his comments so far have concentrated on the value of the national security council, which he set up, but he also defended his decision to hold a referendum on EU membership. In response to a question from Labour’s Darren Jones, Cameron said he did not agree with people who said a referendum was unnecessary because there was no problem with EU membership. He said:
I thought we needed to confront the issue because I could see … partly the single currency had changed the EU quite fundamentally, and that change was happening in front of our eyes. And we had to confront this issue of how to try and either find a better place for Britain within the EU, which I think my negotiation achieved, or take a different path. And that required a referendum to do that.
You can disagree with that argument, but it was an argument that was properly had amongst senior ministers …
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