To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has had discussions with the National Police Co-ordination Centre on the circumstances in which military assistance will be required to support policing operations in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal; and if he will make a statement.
My officials in the Home Office are working closely with the National Police Co-ordination Centre (NPoCC) and with the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) to determine the impact of EU Exit on policing and plan accordingly. Any requirements for mutual aid or other support will be considered within that contingency planning. We will work with both policing partners and the Ministry of Defence to clarify any precise requirement for military support.
It is entirely responsible and appropriate that we prepare for every eventuality and we will continue to work closely with our partners on contingency planning to ensure the safety and security of our citizens.