As part of their never-ending scaremongering to persuade undecided voters to vote in favour of EU membership, David Cameron and his Europhile supporters have hit on the new tactic of claiming the defence of the realm would be severely compromised by a “No” (to remaining in the EU) vote.
But this is complete nonsense...
Britain would be far safer outside of the EU
Contrary to what alarmist Europhiles say, the EU has absolutely nothing to do with Britain’s intelligence-gathering operations
British Prime Minister David Cameron gives a speech during the GLOBSEC Forum security conference in Bratislava, Slovakia. Photo: EPA
By Con Coughlin
09 Feb 2016
When it comes to protecting Britain from terrorist attacks, it is clear that our membership of the European Union does more harm than good.
As part of their never-ending scaremongering to persuade undecided voters to vote in favour of EU membership, David Cameron and his Europhile supporters have hit on the new tactic of claiming the defence of the realm would be severely compromised by a “No” vote.
Mr Cameron wants to return to the politics of alarmism this week by arguing that leaving the EU would mean our intelligence and security services would be deprived of crucial information from their European counterparts that could prevent Paris-style attacks on the streets of Britain.
This is utter nonsense. As with so many of the other claims being made by pro-EU campaigners to justify Britain remaining an EU member state, the intelligence argument does not bear close scrutiny.
For the truth is that the EU has absolutely nothing to do with Britain’s intelligence-gathering operations. On the contrary, the relationships that do exist between those European intelligence agencies, such as France’s DGSE, Germany’s BND and Britain’s MI6 and MI5 services, are governed by long-standing bilateral agreements – agreements, moreover, that would be completely unaffected by the outcome of a referendum on Britain’s EU membership.
Of these, our relationship with France’s DGSE, which dates back to the De Gaulle era and beyond, is pre-eminent. Our ties with Germany’s BND are also important, although German inhibitions about confronting Islamist-inspired extremism (the September 11 attacks, remember, were planned in Hamburg) and Berlin’s less confrontational stance towards Russia, means that the relationship is often patchy. Of the other European nations, only Scandinavian countries like Sweden and Denmark have provided useful intelligence in recent years.
But while these European relationships are important, by far the biggest contribution to Britain’s security is derived from its membership of the elite “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing network , which was established in the Forties with Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US. This means British intelligence officers are able to draw on their own intelligence sources to thwart terror attacks, rather than having to rely on Eurocrats to keep us safe.
Indeed, the only EU body that has any direct bearing on intelligence issues is Europol, which has pretensions of one day becoming the EU’s equivalent of the FBI.
But the failings of Europol, and the rest of the EU’s bureaucracy, have been brutally exposed by its inept handling of the migration crisis.
Because of its failure to put in place adequate vetting procedures to scrutinise the backgrounds of the estimated 1.5 million migrants who have made their way to the EU in the past year, EU officials have no way of distinguishing between those who are genuine refugees and Islamic State terrorists who are taking advantage of the crisis to set up terror cells in Europe.
Whatever Mr Cameron says, the truth is that the streets of Britain would be far safer without the EU than having to deal with the consequences of its rank incompetence.
Britain would be far safer outside of the EU - Telegraph
Oh dear. This is rather bad news for the Europhiles. Scaremongerers the lot of them, and they've been caught out:
France insists it WON'T scrap the border deal with Britain as Cameron is left reeling by claims he's scaremongering after warning the Calais Jungle camp could come to Kent
David Cameron warned yesterday the border deal with France - which puts the British/French border at Calais - could be threatened by Brexit and Downing Street went so far as to claim 'thousands' of people could de-camp to Britain overnight.
However, French sources today made clear there were 'no plans' to reopen the 2003 Le Touquet treaty which established the working relationship.
Senior eurosceptics - including many in Mr Cameron's Conservative Party - were furious at what they saw as 'scaremongering' from the Prime Minister.
Sources at the Interior Ministry told the Mail: 'It is not the job of French ministers to get involved in subjects like this.
'There are no plans to reform the Touquet agreement, either by (French Interior Minister Bernard) Cazeneuve or anyone else.'
The insider said the minister was committed to tightening controls, and that leaving the French border open 'would be a disaster'.
Reacting to the today's reports, Ukip leader Nigel Farage said Mr Cameron was becoming 'more desperate'.
Mr Farage said: 'Le Touquet Treaty is a bilateral deal, nothing to do with the EU & of course international co-operation would continue once we leave the EU.
'David Cameron is doing anything he can to distract the British people from his disastrous, shambolic, pathetic EU deal.
'Once again we see the pro-EU establishment adopting fear and scaremongering tactics. I believe in Britain - we will thrive outside EU!'
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