A senior police officer has warned that Britain faces a much less secure future if it were to leave the European Union.
In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Sir Hugh Orde, who was up until last year the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said that if the UK were to leave the EU, it would forfeit the right to share and see key intelligence around terrorists. Intelligence plays an increasingly substantial role in keeping countries safe.
Sir Hugh, discussing the UK’s relationship with the EU in an article for the Observer, said: “We have the best of both worlds, the security and stability gained from being part of Europe, but the flexibility to opt out of arrangements which aren’t in our national interest.”
Referring to Nigel Farage’s comments that said the attacks meant the case for leaving the EU was strengthened, Orde wrote: “They are right that the Parisian tragedies must make us reassess and redouble our efforts to tackle terror – at home and abroad – but their prescription is fundamentally wrong. If followed, the Leave campaigns would endanger our country and communities, not protect them.”
His comments will be seen as especially important given his status as one of the UK’s leading experts on policing.