The Home Affairs Committee released a report today entitled UK-EU security cooperation after Brexit. It warned about “the many complex technical and legal obstacles” to achieving the Government’s stated aim of creating a new comprehensive security treaty between the UK and the EU post-Brexit.
It also stated that “[g]iven these many potential hurdles, the Government and EU must remain open to extending the transition period for security arrangements beyond the EU’s proposed end-date of December 2020.”
Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of Open Britain and member of the Home Affairs Committee, said:
“There is nothing more important than the security of our country, but Brexit is increasingly looking like a threat to it.
“Being part of European-wide security structures such as Europol and the European Arrest Warrant is a vital part of the fight against cross-border crime and terrorism. Leaving these structures or trying to replace them with something else makes that fight harder.
“If Brexit threatens to make us less safe as a country, we are all entitled to keep an open mind about whether it’s the right path for the country.”
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The full report can be read here.