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Home Office written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on ensuring that British security services and crime agencies continue to share intelligence and work with their EU counterparts once the UK has left the EU.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The Prime Minister has been clear of the UK’s unconditional commitment to continued cooperation with the EU to preserve UK and European security, to fight terrorism and to uphold justice across Europe.

As set out in the recent ‘Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice – a future partnership paper’ published on 18 September, the UK has proposed a bold new strategic partnership with the EU that provides a comprehensive framework for our future security, law enforcement and criminal justice cooperation to deliver the capabilities our operational partners need to keep our people safe.

Our EU cooperation is also part of a wider landscape of international counter terrorism work, which includes cooperation through relationships such as Interpol, the Five Eyes, and bilateral work with individual countries.

The details of our future relationship with the EU, including cooperation through our agencies will be subject to negotiation. Public safety in the UK and the rest of Europe is a top priority and will be at the heart of this aspect of our negotiations.

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