Yesterday, former police chiefs and security experts warned that recent terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris were a “wake-up call” for UK border protection.
They are right. But, it’s no good willing the ends without the means: we can’t deliver the change required while inside the EU.
Their clarion call to action was spurred by a report by Frontex, the EU external border agency, which documented 1.8 million illegal border crossings into the EU last year.
The report found: “False declarations of nationality are rife … with no thorough checks or penalties in place for those making such false declarations, there is a risk that some persons representing a security threat … may be taking advantage of this situation.”