24 August 2020
A blog by Julian King, the British official who until recently served as the EU's 'Commissioner for the Security Union', looks at "what kind of cooperation, if any, are the two sides going to have in future on security issues".
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What’s the price of a UK/EU security agreement? (The UK in a Changing Europe, link)
As the UK/EU negotiations enter a crunch period much of the focus, understandably, is on the future economic relationship. But there’s another area that still needs to be settled: what kind of cooperation, if any, are the two sides going to have in future on security issues?
There’s a deal to be done here, which would be in both sides’ interests. The UK has a lot to offer, and to gain, from continued cooperation with law enforcement and security authorities across 27 member states.
It’ll be very much a dialled down relationship, compared to the cooperation built up over the recent years. But it’s still worth doing.
Failure to find agreement will only help those who wish us – UK and EU – harm.
It means overcoming three hurdles: how to protect Fundamental Rights; what happens about the ECJ; and how to ensure the protection of personal data.
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