UK Relations with EU

Home Office written question – answered on 30th August 2018.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraph 13 of Chapter Two of the White Paper, The future relationship between the UK and the EU, Cm. 9593, published on 12 July 2018, what measures are to be covered by sub-paragraphs (a) to (c) of that paragraph.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The EU, together with the UK and Member States, has developed a range of capabilities that provide for effective cross-border law enforcement and judicial cooperation, all with the aim of bringing more criminals to justice.

We are committed to ongoing cooperation with the EU on security and law enforcement. That is why the UK is seeking a comprehensive security relationship which preserves mutually important operational capabilities whilst allowing the UK and EU to continue to work together to combat fast evolving security threats.

As the UK leaves the EU, the UK will continue to have operational processes which closely align with EU tools and data sharing systems which are uniquely compatible with the EU. This means it is possible for operational cooperation to continue, albeit on the basis of a different legal relationship.

We have highlighted in the White Paper (Chapter 2, Section 2.3) published on 12 July 2018 as well as in our previous publications, such as the technical note on security, law enforcement and criminal justice published on 24 May 2018, the Framework for the UK-EU Security Partnership published on 9 May 2018, and the security, law enforcement and criminal justice future partnership paper published on the 18 September 2017 a number of the tools and capabilities that we consider important.

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