MPs against BAE merger

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DOZENS of Tory MPs have called on David Cameron to block the proposed merger of BAE Systems and rival European firm EADS in a row over the size of France and Germany’s stake in the £30bn deal.

Backbenchers, including a former defence minister and ministerial aides, have signed a letter to the Prime Minister.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage is considering adding her name but is waiting for more details.

She said: ‘I have not signed it yet because I’m still not 100 per cent clear what the proposals are. MPs want some cast-iron guarantees before anything kicks off.’

It comes after Alistair Darling warned Britain will be ‘taken to the cleaners’ if the UK government doesn’t hold a stake in the new company.

France and Germany are both pushing for nine per cent.

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