Sir Richard Dearlove warned the continent is facing a “populist uprising” amid growing anger from voters who feel they have been betrayed by political elites in London, Paris, Berlin and Brussels.
The retired spy chief said millions more migrants will come to Europe over the next few years, which could spark a terrifying spiral of events ending in bloody uprising against leaders across the West.
He also urged Brussels bureaucrats not to press ahead with a hugely controversial and shambolic deal with Turkey, which will grant visa-free access to the EU to more than 80 million citizens of the predominantly Muslim country.
Sir Richard’s remarks came after the UN ambassador and American actress Angelina Jolie warned the world will descend into “chaos” if Europe does not solve its migration crisis.
More than a million migrants came into Europe last year, opening up unprecedented divisions within the EU and sparking a surge in support for far-right parties.
Mass demonstrations against immigration have taken place in a number of European countries and especially Germany, where a gang of 1,000 migrant men raped women out celebrating New Year’s Eve in Cologne.
The far-right group Pegida, which began in Germany, has spread out across the continent amid growing anger and suspicions that officials are covering up sex crimes committed by migrants.
And in a dire warning today Sir Richard said: “If Europe cannot act together to persuade a significant majority of its citizens that it can gain control of its migratory crisis then the EU will find itself at the mercy of a populist uprising, which is already stirring.”
The respected former spy chief described Britain’s referendum on leaving the EU as “the first roll of the dice in a bigger geopolitical game”, and branded the EU-Turkey deal “perverse, like storing gasoline next to the fire we’re trying to extinguish”.
He urged European countries to reject Turkey’s blackmailing and pledge more money to tackling the origins of mass migration in North Africa instead, adding that a ”massive response” and a “much more aggressive operation” was needed.