EU referendum: Brussels attacks spark UK security debate

Source: BBCProspect Magazine

The BBC have stated that ”The Brussels terror attacks have heightened the intensity of debate over whether the UK would be safer in or out of the EU, ahead of the referendum.”

Furthermore, ”Former MI6 head Sir Richard Dearlove said EU-based security bodies were of “little consequence” and that leaving the EU could boost Britain’s security.”

”But Europol chief Rob Wainwright said the argument “doesn’t stand scrutiny”, saying intelligence sharing was vital.”

Argument suggesting EU exit improves UK Security

Writing in Prospect magazine, Sir Richard – head of MI6 from 1999 to 2004 – argued that leaving the EU could strengthen Britain’s security.

“Brexit would bring two potentially important security gains: the ability to dump the European Convention on Human Rights… and, more importantly, greater control over immigration from the European Union,” he said. (BBC 2016)

Argument suggesting EU stay improves UK Security

”Former head of GCHQ, Sir David Omand, has also entered the debate, saying the UK “would be the loser in security terms from Brexit not the gainer”.”

”He said the “stronger security on the continent of Europe is, the safer we will be” and warned that leaving the EU would “jeopardise” intelligence sharing.” (BBC 2016)

Where do you stand in the Security debates? Are you a believer that we are safer within or out of the EU?

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