David Armand, from the National Crime Agency, warned that « an urgent decision is needed on Britain’s membership of Europol or the UK would be forced out ».
In this regard, sharing intelligence and accessing to information in Europe-wide security databases, including the EAW, is critical in fighting terrorism as Helen Ball recalls in this article. The deputy assistant commissioner at the Metropolitan Police thinks that citizens would be at a greater threat from terrorism if Britain failed to work with its allies for Brexit reasons.
In 2015 alone European countries made almost 13,000 arrest requests for individuals in the UK using the warrant, including 320 on alleged terror related offenses, 433 for murder and manslaughter and 191 for rape. In the same year the UK used the European Arrest Warrant to make 228 requests for arrest from other EU countries, including four on terror charges, 19 for murder and manslaughter and 20 for rape.