UK-EU BREXIT: UK to seek special arrangement on security and Justice and Home Affairs? David Davis (Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union)

"We want to maintain or even strengthen our co-operation on security and defence."

Asked a question by Yvette Cooper MP about whether the UK will stay in Europol Mr Davis replied:

"The right hon. Lady was an eminent member of the Cabinet, and, indeed, an eminent Front-Bench Member and shadow Home Secretary. I therefore take her question extremely seriously, as she does this issue. The simple answer is that the whole justice and home affairs stream is being assessed even as we speak, and the aim is to preserve the relationship with the European Union on security matters as best we can. The right hon. Lady will recall that last year a decision was made which laid aside about 100 measures that we did not want to be part of, but kept some others, including the European arrest warrant and one or two others — controversially, as she will remember. So yes, of course we are on that, and of course we are aiming to maintain it. That is the answer."
[emphasis added]

See: House of Commons statement 5.9.16 (link)


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