In what could be seen as the latest bout of scaremongering by Europhiles, Rob Wainwright said the UK would be “vulnerable” to criminal people smuggling networks if the nation votes out of the EU referendum.
The director of Europol said: “If you take that infrastructure that they (British police) have helped to design over the past 40 years, it would make the United Kingdom”s job harder to protect citizens from terror.”
But this was contradicted by one of the leading Eurosceptic Cabinet ministers Iain Duncan Smith who warned the EU’s open borders actually exposed the UK to terrorists.
The former Conservative leader said: “You see what happened in Paris, where they spent ages planning and plotting, so who”s to say it”s not beyond the wit of man that those might already be thinking about that?”
The work and pensions secretary warned the EU was in meltdown about a “massive wave of migration”, with people from Pakistan and Iran coming into EU countries alongside Syrian refugees.
He claimed under the current scenario other EU countries could give passports to migrants, allowing them to travel freely to British shores. However Mr Wainwright argued Britain was already free to impose tougher border controls as a non-member of the passport-free Schengen zone.
British police forces, meanwhile, had taken a leading role in building up Europe-wide counter-terrorism and intelligence-sharing programme.
The pair’s comments came on the same day the referendum campaign began in earnest – a day after Mr Cameron announced the EU referendum vote will take place on June 23. Boris Johnson has handed a huge boost to the campaign to get Britain out of the EU by declaring his support for Brexit.
The Tory Mayor of London’s announcement, putting an end to weeks of speculation, came despite a last-ditch plea from Mr Cameron to persuade Mr Johnson to back his renegotiation.
During a House of Commons debate this afternoon, Mr Cameron insisted the UK would be “safer and stronger” as a result of a exemption from ever-closer union, limits to in-work benefits for EU migrants that he said could last up to 2028 and protection for countries outside the eurozone.
He told MPs that the UK was “better off fighting from the inside”.