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UK government sets out proposals for post-Brexit security, policing and justice cooperation
18.9.17
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"Britain will look to agree a comprehensive new security, law enforcement and criminal justice partnership with the EU after Brexit, to fight our shared threats from terrorism and organised crime, the UK Government said today.

In the latest future partnership paper, laying out the UK’s vision for a deep and special partnership with the EU, Britain stresses the need to build upon and enhance the internal security cooperation that already exists.

Leaving the EU will change the nature of that cooperation, but it will do little to change the threats we all face or reduce the value of the UK as a security partner.

That is why it is in both our interests to continue to work together as part of a deep and special partnership, to develop a new framework for preventing, detecting, investigating and prosecuting criminal and terrorist activity across our borders.

The paper calls for a comprehensive model for cooperation between the UK and EU on security, law enforcement and criminal justice — reflecting that Britain’s operational processes and data sharing systems are already uniquely aligned with the EU."

See: Britain seeks comprehensive security and law enforcement partnership with EU after Brexit (government press release, pdf)

The government's proposals: Security, law enforcement and criminal justice - a future partnership paper (pdf):

"The UK brings leading capabilities and expertise in security, the delivery of justice and the fight against crime and terrorism. International operational cooperation on internal security takes place on a daily basis at multiple levels: at the EU level, bilaterally with Member States, and through non-EU multilateral fora."

And: UK plans treaty to remain inside Europol after Brexit (The Guardian, link):

"Proposals for a new UK-EU security treaty to “lock in” membership of Europol, the European arrest warrant and other existing joint measures to combat crime and terrorism after Brexit are to be published on Monday.

The home secretary, Amber Rudd, said on Sunday that “a new legal framework” would be proposed to underpin the security treaty despite recent warnings that Britain would lose access to “critical data” if it did not accept the role of the European court of justice.

The Brexit paper will outline the British government’s plan to move to a new legal basis for continued cross-border cooperation on security, law enforcement and criminal justice from outside the EU without any “operational gaps”."

Plus: Theresa May's 'overly dogmatic' Brexit approach puts access to EU criminal record databases in jeopardy, Liberal Democrats claim (The Independent, link):

"Theresa May’s “overly dogmatic” approach to the Brexit negotiations risks police losing access to vital shared criminal databases with the EU used an estimated 250 times a day by UK authorities, the Liberal Democrats have warned.

According to analysis by the party the database that allows UK police forces and courts to check whether EU nationals have prior convictions has been used 61,449 times by the UK between January and August of this year.

Using figures from the European Commission’s European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) – set up in 2012 – the Liberal Democrats say this is the equivalent of 250 requests per day by UK authorities to access records across the 27 other EU countries."

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