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Cabinet Office written question – answered on 14th July 2017.

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Photo of Lord Truscott Lord Truscott Non-affiliated

Her Majesty's Government how they plan to ensure that critical national infrastructure is protected to safeguard national security post-Brexit.

Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

The security and resilience of UK Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) is a key priority for the Government. The 2015 National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review said that the Government will work with infrastructure owners and operators to mitigate risks to our CNI, and committed Government to ensure the right regulatory framework is in place to ensure our CNI is resilient to future threats.

Along with Lead Government Departments, the Cabinet Office is reviewing the resilience implications of leaving the EU. This will involve close collaboration with the Department for Exiting the European Union, which is working with all departments to ensure our preparations for exit are on track.

Matters of national security are often handled bilaterally, and we do not anticipate this changing after leaving the European Union. We will continue to strengthen and grow our close relationships with the CNI community in Ireland and across Europe, as well as our partners in NATO.

Each year the Government publishes a short public summary of the detailed plans being taken forward by Lead Departments to tackle threats to critical infrastructure. The 2016 summary can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/568546/sector_security_resilience_plans_14_11_2016.pdf

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