Britain potentially more vulnerable to terrorism post-Brexit, warns Europol

Britain potentially more vulnerable to terrorism post-Brexit, warns Europol

Police on a routine exercise in London

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The director of the EU policing agency has warned Britain could be more vulnerable to terrorism and other forms of organised crime post-Brexit if negotiations over security don't achieve an effective solution.

Rob Wainwright, the British Director of Europol, insisted ministers had to get the details right. 

He told Sky News: "I've seen how threats of terrorism and organised crime have become much more global.

"Therefore, the need for greater international police co-operation is absolutely essential to keeping us safe.

"It is important for Britain to get this right. It is about the security of the country - and not just the security of Britain, but of Europe."

He discussed the possibilities for the UK after the withdrawal - namely the country could become an associate member of Europol to grant access to the organisation's capabilities, if not the national database.

A government spokesman said this had always been a clear objective for Theresa May:

"As part of the negotiations, we will discuss with the EU and its member states how best to continue co-operation on security, law enforcement and criminal justice."

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