Justice Secretary Michael Gove says staying in the European Union would make it harder to identify terrorists and keep the U.K. safe, the Sunday Times reports, citing an interview.
Gove told the newspaper that the European Court of Justice has undermined the ability of the U.K. intelligence agencies to monitor terrorist suspects. He said the EU was responsible for the worst upsurge in the far right “at any time since the 1930s.”
“Our security and sovereignty stand together,” Gove told the newspaper. “I believe that there are better opportunities to keep people safe if we are outside the European Union.”
He said “overall our national security is strengthened if we are able to make the decisions that we need and the alliances that we believe in outside the current structures of the European Union.”