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Statement from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson on the EU referendum:

“Outside of war, the decision to leave the EU is the most momentous the British people have made in the last 100 years. This was an exercise in democracy, and I respect the result.

“It is undeniable, that the decision to leave has made the task of protecting our citizens more difficult. The days when criminals would operate in one single area or country are gone. Today, criminals are highly-mobile, tech-savvy and operate across borders. Law enforcement should be equally mobile and co-operate across national boundaries to counter the threats we face.

“The lines between organised crime and terrorism are becoming more blurred. Terrorists often finance their attacks via organised criminal activities. International crime therefore requires an international response.

“Despite the outcome of the referendum, I still have a responsibility to do all I can to ensure that we work with our European partners to continue to protect our communities.”

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