Referendum Watch: Terrorism

By Joe Young - Politics Editor

The threat of a terror attack is a horrifying prospect. As such, it’s been an issue that has been thrown around by both Remain and Leave. To find out what they’re saying, read on.

Brute Facts

  • The overwhelming majority of the terror attacks that have taken place since the birth of the European Union are separatist attacks – these tended to be the IRA and the ETA (a terrorist group aiming for Basque independence) (Source)
  • Since 2011, all but two terrorist attacks have been carried out by Islamic extremists (Source)
  • Overall security spending in the EU amounts to €2,147 million (Source)


  • The Remain side say that the European Arrest Warrant keeps the United Kingdom safe
  • They also say that British intelligence is generally ahead of the services on the continent – remaining would keep the entire continent safe
  • Finally, they say that European law allows the blocking of entry to Britain if security is at stake


  • The Leave side say that the Schengen Area allows terrorists to travel to the UK’s doors with no hindrance
  • They also say that in the event of Brexit, the UK could still co-operate with the EU, in the same way the UK does with the United States of America
  • Finally, they say that freedom of movement allows extremists from other Member States to set up shop in the UK with ease

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About Joe Young 316 Articles
Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.

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