EU membership protects UK security: Ex-intelligence chiefs

The United Kingdom needs to stay in the European Union (EU) as part of a plan to protect its security, two former senior British intelligence officials say.

Lord Evans, the former director-general of the UK’s domestic spy agency, MI5, and Sir John Sawers, the former head of the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, known as MI6, made the remarks in an article published by The Sunday Times, saying Brexit could lead to “instability on the Continent”, compounding the current “economic difficulties and the migration crisis”.

“If we leave the European Union, we will make it more difficult for our partner countries to hold together the fabric of the European Union, which has kept stability in Europe for the last 60 or 70 years, effectively since the Second World War,” they said.

“And so there’s a risk of fragmentation, which in turn could lead to instability,” they added.

Sir John Sawyers (L) and Lord Evans, formerly in charge of British intelligence…

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