The European Union often “gets in the way” of countries ability to keep their citizens safe, a former CIA chief has warned.
General Michael Hayden said the EU was “not a natural contributor to national security” in member states, and that a vote for Brexit in June would have little impact on America’s willingness to work with the UK or other European intelligence agencies.
The comments are likely to be seized upon by those who wish to leave the EU and fuel the row over whether leaving would have an impact on Briton’s security.
It comes as Sir Richard Dearlove, a former head of MI6, suggested that leaving the EU would improve Britain’s security.
General Hayden said “Sir Richard is right”, adding :”The union is not a natural contributor to national security of each of the entity states and in some ways gets in the way of the state providing security for its own citizens.”
Sir Richard said in an article in Prospect Magazine that Britain’s borders could be strengthened in the event of a Brexit and extremists could be more easily deported, moves which he said were “security gains” with little apparent downside.
Speaking to the BBC this morning, the former US spy chief said the capabilities of the EU states’ intelligence agencies were “very uneven”, with the much-criticised Belgian security services described as “small, under-resourced” and “legally limited”.
Full article: EU ‘gets in the way’ of countries ability to keep their citizens safe, former CIA chief warns (The Telegraph)