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Criminal Proceedings: Republic of Ireland

Home Office written question – answered on 29th November 2016.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Independent, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will take steps to seal an agreement with Ireland on introducing equivalent Schengen criminal justice provisions between the UK and Ireland after the UK leaves the EU; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister for Immigration

The UK will in due course be leaving the EU but the importance of law enforcement co-operation with our EU and global allies, including Ireland, has not changed.

We are exploring options for cooperation arrangements once the UK has left the EU but it is too early to speculate at this stage what future arrangements may look like.

We will do what is necessary to keep people safe, but it would be wrong to set out unilateral positions on specific measures in advance of negotiations.

The Government has been clear it would not be right to provide a running commentary on negotiations.

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