European Union exit would aid villains, says Hugh Orde
Britain will be less safe from international criminals, would be diminished on the world stage and suffer economically if it votes to leave the European Union, a former PSNI chief constable has claimed.
At a launch event in London for the Britain Stronger In Europe campaign, Sir Hugh Orde warned that "villains" would come to the UK to escape justice if the country pulled out of EU-wide agreements on extradition and sharing evidence.
Sir Hugh said: "If I was a villain in Europe and I was escaping justice, I would be coming here because it's going to take a lot longer to get you back."
Sir Hugh was in charge of the PSNI between 2002 and 2009, and is a former president of the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has claimed the price of Britain quitting the EU is "lower than it's ever been" despite bleak warnings about the potential impact of a vote to sever ties with Brussels.
The mayor of London insisted that "in an ideal world" he would want to stay in a reformed EU, but he played down the risks of a so-called Brexit. The senior Tory repeatedly refused to rule out spearheading the campaign for the UK to leave the EU.