Security

Home Office written question – answered on 15th July 2019.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which security tools and data systems the UK will no longer have access to in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

The Government’s position remains that leaving with a deal, which includes ambitious internal security arrangements, is in the UK’s and EU’s best interests. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, then we would cease to cooperate through the EU’s internal security tools and data systems 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 have been working intensively with these partners for some time to transition cooperation with EU Member States to alternative, non-EU mechanisms, should that be needed 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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