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Europol gives the UK access to shared criminal databases [Image: Getty].

The Brexit bill keeps adding up, doesn’t it?

The loss of shared criminal databases could do the UK a lot of harm, especially at a time when the threat of terrorist attack is never far away.

But that’s the price that around a quarter of the population voted to pay. Okay, around a third of those who were qualified to vote at the time. And a large number of those would make a different decision given the chance today, we’re told.

But we’re doing it anyway!

How ridiculous. The UK is the laughing-stock of the world.

Britain will no longer be a member of the European police agency Europol after it leaves the European Union, the European Commission’s chief negotiator has said.

Speaking at a security conference in Berlin Michel Barnier accused the UK [of] abandoning the defence of Europe at a time when it should be standing “shoulder to shoulder” with its neighbours in the EU.

The UK government said as recently as September that it wants to remain inside Europol and retain other EU security benefits such as the European Arrest Warrant and shared criminal databases.

Source: Brexit: Britain to be kicked out of Europol against its will | The Independent

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