MPs Call For Greater Focus On Security In Brexit Talks

Britain and the EU risk sleepwalking towards a crisis unless greater emphasis is placed on security and policing links in Brexit talks, a Commons report has warned.

MPs said more attention needs to be given to complex technical and legal obstacles to striking a deal that would maintain the existing level of co-operation on tackling serious crime and terrorism.

The Home Affairs Committee welcomed ministers’ objectives for a security treaty to replicate current ties on Europol, the European Arrest Warrant and data sharing.

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Yvette Cooper chairs the Home Affairs Committee (David Jones/PA)

But it accused the British Government of complacency over the timetable.

The report said: “The Government appears to assume that the UK’s dominant role in Europol and other forms of cooperation will make it easy to secure a bespoke future security relationship with the EU, going far beyond any forms of third country involvement to date.

“This attitude, along with lack of planning for alternative scenarios, suggests that the Government is at risk of sleep-walking into a highly detrimental outcome.”

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