National Security: Cross Border Cooperation

Home Office written question – answered on 18th June 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Altmann Baroness Altmann Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government which aspects of the EU's internal security co-operation arrangements would the UK continue to be party to if the UK were to leave the EU without a deal; and what measures they plan to take to address any security issues that may arise following a no-deal Brexit.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The Government’s position remains that leaving with a deal, which includes ambitious internal security arrangements, is in the UK’s best interests. If we leave the EU without a deal, the UK would cease to have access to the EU’s internal security cooperation arrangements upon exit.

The Home Office continues to work closely with operational partners to ensure readiness for a range of possible exit scenarios in October, including no deal. We are working with these partners to put in place contingency arrangements to transition our cooperation with EU Member States to non-EU channels in a no deal scenario. In the security and law enforcement space, this would include making more use of Interpol, Council of Europe Conventions and other forms of cooperation, such as bilateral channels.

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