The former head of MI6 Richard Dearlove has claimed that Europe faces a “populist uprising” if E.U. leaders are not able to show citizens they are able to control the migrant crisis, the BBC claims.
Speaking on the BBC’s World on the Move day, Mr. Dearlove warned against offering visa-free travel to Turkish nationals – a plan E.U. leaders are pushing for, likening the move as “perverse, like storing gasoline next to the fire we’re trying to extinguish.”
Earlier today, the United Nations special envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt warned the system for handling refugees was starting to break down, claiming the “fear” of migration and nationalism as causes.
Mr. Dearlove claimed the numbers coming into Europe would likely increase to millions within the next five years and would reshape the geopolitical landscape.
“If Europe cannot act together to persuade a significant majority of its citizens that it can gain control of its migratory crisis then the EU will find itself at the mercy of a populist uprising, which is already stirring,” he added.
Unsurprisingly, the possibility of the United Kingdom leaving the E.U. is being partly blamed, being called “the first roll of the dice in a bigger geopolitical game.”
The former MI6 head stated that £1.4bn allocated by the E.U. to help address the root causes of migration in Africa made more sense than a deal with Turkey, but also aknowldged that the move would not be enough. The only answer, according to Mr. Dearlove, is a “massive response” and a “much more aggressive operation along the North African coast,” something many of the population would probably agree with.