Rob Wainwright, Europol director
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Brexit will make it 'harder' for UK to fight terrorism

Fighting crime and terrorism in the UK would be more costly and "much less effective" if the country leaves the European Union, the director of the EU's police agency Europol has told BBC HARDtalk.

"The UK will be absenting itself from having access to the kind of well developed arrangements that currently exist and have developed over the last 40 years," said Mr Wainwright.

He said he understood that there were many sides to the Brexit debate, but did not see any security benefits of the UK leaving the EU.

Watch the full interview with Europol director Rob Wainwright on Thursday 11 February 2016 on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel.

  • 08 Feb 2016