Home Office written question – answered on 17th December 2020.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what UK mechanism will replace the EU Europol Information System on 1 January 2021.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Minister of State, Home Department

The safety and security of our citizens is the Government’s top priority.

Negotiations continue, and on law enforcement and criminal justice, there is a good degree of convergence in what the UK and EU have been negotiating in terms of operational capabilities.

In the event that?it is not possible to reach an agreement, the UK has well-developed and well-rehearsed plans in place.?We will transition cooperation with EU Member States to alternative, non-EU arrangements by the end of the Transition Period, where available and relevant.?Broadly speaking, this means?making more use of Interpol, Council of Europe Conventions and bilateral channels.

The UK will continue to be a global leader on security and one of the safest countries in the world.

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