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"Mr President, I have noticed something in this Chamber. Whenever people want to expand the powers of EU bodies – whether it is Europol or Eurojust or any of the quangos attached to the European Union – they always have the last-ditch argument of security, and we are all supposed to say ‘Oh security, we will not argue about it then’. There is a parallel with what happened to the FBI in North America: it began acting – exactly as in this report – against money launderers and terrorists and, of course, it eventually became a kind of federal police force for the entire United States. I have to say, quite apart from feeling less free, I do not feel any more secure handing powers of this kind to the same dolts who gave us the common agricultural policy, the common fisheries policy, the overregulation of small business and the rest of it. I would rather we had intelligence and security services collaborating voluntarily and globally than placing such collaboration under the jurisdiction of the European Union. As my countryman, William Pitt the Younger, put it: ‘necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.’"@en1

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