A former CIA director has said the European Union “gets in the way” of security services, further undermining Prime Minister David Cameron’s assertion that remaining within the EU makes the UK safer.

His comments come just a day after the former head of Britain’s MI6 security agency, Sir Richard Dearlove, said that membership of the EU actively hampers British security. He argued that, on a range of measures, a British exit is demonstrably better for national security.

Retired general Michael Hayden agreed with his former colleague, telling the BBC that the EU is “not a natural contributor to national security”.

“National security remains a national responsibility and so sadly, the grades you have to give to each of the services are frankly individual, and it’s very uneven,” General Hayden explained.

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