Senior EU intelligence officials fear there could be violence on the streets of Britain which,
they claim, will be “unstable” for decades due to Brexit .
In a secret report, EU officials are believed to have warned that civil unrest and rioting is almost inevitable, regardless of the outcome of the current political deadlock.
The analysis has been prepared for top EU officials and will be available to EU committees and the British government.
It predicts independence referendums in Scotland and Northern Ireland within 18 months of Brexit.
An EU source said: “Analysis of the threat levels in Britain is being shared at the top of the EU as we formulate policy for the years ahead. The assessment is that violence is almost inevitable no matter what.
“They are worried that if the current deal goes through the right-wing will kick off. If there’s no deal everybody will object and kick off. If there’s a second referendum, the right will kick off. The right kicking off is causing most concern.”
“This analysis is being kept very quiet for obvious reasons.”
The report, based on information from the intelligence services in member states, assessed Britain as “unstable” and likely to remain so for years. British security sources said MI5 was not involved in the analysis.
The report has been shared with European heads of state, including Theresa May .
One senior Government source said: “We are seeing civil disobedience across Europe and a growth of the far-right.
“Anything which changes the status quo, like Brexit, gives those people the opportunity to foment division. We could see protests and public disorder offences.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday said Britain had the option of martial law to quell civil disorder that might follow a no-deal Brexit.
He told the BBC: “It remains on the statute book but it isn’t the focus of our attention.”
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