Poor EU border controls put Britain in danger

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.”

  • Brenda

    I don’t understand why everybody blames the EU for poor border control, as if by leaving the EU European countries would suddenly develop an interest in defending their borders. The US isn’t part of the EU but it has the same lackadaisical attitude to border control, why do people think Britain will be any different if it leaves the EU? The problem is the attitude that sees immigration as some sort of wonderful thing.

  • Alain

    No, the EU does not have “poor” border controls, it has none. What however prevents Britain from controlling their own borders, as an island it really isn’t that difficult if the will is there.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    Look at all those poor, wretched, starving women, children, and elderly people in that photo, oh the humanity…