Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:32 pm on 18th January 2017.

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Photo of David Jones David Jones Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union) 5:32 pm, 18th January 2017

Forgive me, but I have very little time.

Again, that will be a good basis for continuing the negotiations.

My hon. Friend Robert Neill, the Chairman of the Justice Committee, raised the European arrest warrant. He said that the United Kingdom should seek to remain within the arrangements of the warrant and that we should seek to be pragmatic in the negotiations. That is certainly the case so far as the United Kingdom Government are concerned. We look for similar pragmatism from our continuing EU colleagues.

Lyn Brown, my hon. Friend Ben Howlett, Tulip Siddiq, Yvette Cooper, the hon. Members for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East (Stuart C. McDonald) and for Richmond Park (Sarah Olney) and Keith Vaz asked what access we would have to Europol. Again, we are clearly at a very early stage in the negotiations, and they will obviously take time to progress, but the Prime Minister has stated that law enforcement co-operation will continue once the UK has left the EU. We are exploring options for co-operation arrangements with Europol once the UK has left the EU. But I repeat that these are very early days.