Iain Duncan Smith Says Staying in EU Would Risk Terrorist Attacks

2015 General Election - Cabinet

Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has said that a Paris style terrorist attack was more likely if the UK remained in the EU.

Speaking to the BBC he said:

“What we see with the EU is its incapacity to get its act together. That leads to tensions. Who’s to say in the next few years countries that have taken people from various areas aren’t then going to give them a kind of leave to remain and even passports, as we’ve seen in some cases, and then in due course may well turn up again in the UK.

These are big issues further down the road for us. This open border does not allow us to check and control people who may come and spend time. We see what happened in Paris where they spent ages planning and plotting. Who is to say it is not beyond the wit of man that those might be already thinking about that”.

Andy Burnham, the Shadow Home Secretary, criticised the comments and said:

“It raises the question of whether ministers campaigning for Brexit can realistically remain within the Cabinet if the statements they are making are so fundamentally at odds with settled Government policy.

As Iain Duncan Smith well knows, the UK opted out of the Schengen open borders agreement and therefore retains control over who comes in and out of the country”.