by Malcolm Rifkind
Quite simply, the EU is now to internal security what Nato was to military security during the cold war. It is not a panacea, it does not obviate the need for national effort, but the EU is indispensable. This is a vitally important debate, one which we as a country are right to be having. But we must be influenced by facts. The overwhelming weight of evidence and expert opinion suggests that the British public are safer when we combine our own national efforts with the benefits to our law enforcement agencies from close co-operation within the European Union. Ending our current access to European co-operation in the battle against terrorism would delight our enemies and be nothing short of monumental folly.