Arron Banks, co-chairman of the Leave.EU campaign, has welcomed Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's "sober and sensible" intervention in the EU terror debate.
In an interview with ABC television yesterday, Mr Turnbull extended his sympathies to the Belgian people, but did not shy away from criticising the Free Movement regime which, in his view, has left EU citizens exposed to danger. "There has been a real breakdown in intelligence. If you can't control your borders, you don't know who's coming or going."
The EU system, he contended, stands in stark contrast to Australia's. "We are in a stronger position from a security point of view in Australia than the Europeans are," he said. "We have strong border protection in Australia. We have a much greater insight into people who we would regard as being threats or likely to pose a risk to the safety of Australians."
"Anyone beyond the SW1 dinner party circuit will see this as simple common sense," said Arron Banks. "The fact that every Islamist in Molenbeek with an EU passport is perfectly free to set up shop in the UK obviously leaves us more exposed to danger.
"The EU's mad proposal for a 'Security Union', putting inept and unaccountable Eurocrats in charge of our intelligence services, is not answer to this problem. The answer is the restoration of the same strong border protections which Australia enjoys. This would go a long way towards reducing the risks we currently face."