|Author (Corporate)||United Kingdom: Department for Exiting the European Union|
|Series Title||Policy Paper|
|Series Details||September 2017|
The United Kingdom government issued on the 12 September 2017 the tenth of a series of papers putting forward its negotiating position on the UK’s future partnership with the European Union (EU). It was published in the context of the negotiations being undertaken with the EU for the UK to leave the union following the Brexit referendum vote of June 2016.
This paper discussed options for maintaining internal security collaboration in the future partnership .
The basis on which the United Kingdom cooperates at the EU level will evidently be altered by the UK’s withdrawal, raising the question of how we should shape that partnership in the future.
Britain will look to agree a comprehensive new security, law enforcement and criminal justice partnership with the EU after Brexit, to fight shared threats from terrorism and organised crime, the UK Government said. Britain stressed the need to build upon and enhance the internal security cooperation that already existed.
The paper called for a comprehensive model for cooperation between the UK and EU on security, law enforcement and criminal justice — reflecting that Britain’s operational processes and data sharing systems are already uniquely aligned with the EU.
The three core objectives for the new arrangements were:
+ Protecting the safety and security of citizens and upholding justice in the UK and across the EU;
The UK had been one of the leading contributors to the development of effective information sharing and law enforcement cooperation at an EU level – working through agencies such as Europol to bring criminals to justice and prevent crime taking place.
Britain would remain committed to the security of the European continent after Brexit, and the determination to protect the safety and security of EU citizens as well as UK citizens would not diminish.
The EU also recognised the importance of cooperation in this area and has stated it was committed to the fight against terrorism and international crime.
The paper said there should be a new security treaty between the UK and EU after Brexit to provide a legal basis for continued working — and in moving to any new agreement, it would be important to ensure that there were no operational gaps created by the transition from one set of arrangements to another.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs|
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|