Umunna – Brexit poses a real risk to our security

A new report produced by The UK in a Changing Europe highlights how the UK faces serious disruption to security cooperation, and a potential ‘cliff-edge’, if it fails to act quickly to secure a security deal with the EU. The report, entitled Post-Brexit law enforcement cooperation: negotiations and future options, argues the UK Government has provided little in the way of specifics concerning what future security cooperation with the EU will look like, despite the very complex nature of this relationship and the likely need for trade-offs on both sides.

Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said: 

“This report makes clear the real risk Brexit poses to our security. The Government’s dogmatic insistence on ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice – a decision rooted in ideology, not common sense – could make British participation in vital EU security agencies impossible.

“That would mean far less sharing of information with our European allies on terrorist suspects who mean us harm. An end to police and judicial cooperation that fights cross-border organised crime. And much greater barriers to extraditing British criminals who have fled abroad.

“Nobody voted in the referendum to become less safe. If Brexit undermines the fight against terrorism and organised crime, voters have a right to think again before we leave the EU.”

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Notes to Editors

The full report from The UK in a Changing Europe can be read here, but is strictly embargoed until 00:01 on Friday, 17th November 2017.