Law and Order: 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 what access they anticipate UK law enforcement agencies would have in the event of a no-deal Brexit to EU-wide databases, including the (1) Schengen-Information system II, (2) European Criminal Records Information System, and (3) DNA databases shared under the Prűm Convention.

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 law enforcement databases on exit – including the Schengen Information System II (SIS II) and the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS). It is worth noting that the UK is not yet live on Prüm DNA.

The Home Office has been working with operational partners to put in place contingency arrangements to transition our cooperation with EU Member States to non-EU channels in a no deal scenario. We continue to work closely with operational partners to maintain readiness for a range of possible exit scenarios in October, including no deal.

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