The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has today published a report warning that “if the UK fails to reach a satisfactory Brexit deal or leaves the EU without any deal at all, the UK risks falling off a ‘cliff-edge’ in terms of certain security and UK-EU policing cooperation.”
The report further states that “West Midlands Police (WMP) plays a vital role in national security and the safety of the public in the West Midlands, and Brexit may risk putting the UK and the West Midlands in jeopardy if detailed arrangements aren’t put in place to meet the current levels of effective UK-EU cooperation, which are used to help WMP fight terrorism, human trafficking and serious organised crime.”
Commenting, Pat McFadden, MP for Wolverhampton South East and leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“Keeping people safe is the most basic and most important job of any Government, anywhere. But the Brexit red lines set by this Government could end up making people in the West Midlands less safe.
“Parliament is working to avoid a no deal outcome from Brexit, because not only would it lead to economic chaos but also chaos and confusion for our vital policing and security services. That's why the ongoing battle of securing Parliament a meaningful vote on the Brexit deal is so important.
“Ultimately, the safety of citizens in the West Midlands and across the rest of the UK is paramount, and ideology should not be allowed to get in the way of that."