Ed Davey: Brexit threatens our safety

The report, titled ”Negotiating Brexit: policing and criminal justice’, says the failure to secure a new agreement on policing and criminal justice after Brexit will make it harder to extradite dangerous criminals from the UK and reduce the number of people brought back to Britain to face justice.

The report highlights 3 main dangers even if Theresa May’s current position is accepted by the EU:

Extraditing dangerous criminals from the UK would be slower and morebureaucratic. Currently the UK extradites more than 1,000 people a year to the rest of the EU, using the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). Reverting to the previous, politicised, system of extradition would reduce that number.

New barriers would reduce the number of people brought back to the UK to facejustice. Every year, around 100 people are extradited from the rest of the EU to the UK. Without a deal, it will be harder for the UK to bring people who are suspected ofcommitting crimes here, and who have fled to the EU, back to face trial.

Law enforcement agencies would find it harder to get crucial information for investigations, as UK authorities will lose access to huge EU-wide databases. These include the second-generation Schengen Information System (SIS II), which stores information on missing and wanted individuals and objects.

Ed Davey said:

The Institute for Government is absolutely right to raise the alarm about Brexit’s effect on crime and policing.

The Liberal Democrats have long been warning that losing the European Arrest Warrant, information-sharing arrangements and leadership of Europol will make it harder to keep people safe and bring criminals to justice.

The Conservatives like to talk tough on crime, but their pursuit of a destructive hard Brexit is jeopardising national security and playing into the hands of criminals.

The Liberal Democrats demand better. That’s why we are fighting to give the people a say on the final deal and opportunity to Exit from a Brexit. We can’t let the Brexit ideologues throw away the tools our police need to keep us safe.

Another reason why staying in is a by far the best option open to us. Christine Jardine made the point that co-operation with our European allies is so important especially in the wake of the Novichok attacks:

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  • Andrew Tampion 7th Sep '18 - 7:25am

    But there is no reason why we cannot negotiate an extradition treaty with the EU. Why should the EU 27 want to make it easier for suspects to avoid justice by fleeing to the UK? I am aware that some EU countries, Germany is one I believe, have rules about the extradition of nationals to non EU countries. But I’m sure a suitable compromise could be reached.
    Similarly we can offer to exchange information we hold in return for access to information that EU countries hold.

  • Rita Giannini 7th Sep '18 - 12:49pm

    There are lots of reasons, and they are legal reasons. Read this:

  • Peter Hirst 7th Sep '18 - 5:26pm

    Isn’t it amazing that it has taken a referendum to show how dependent we are as a nation on the eu for so many of the benefits that we take for granted? If the media and other Parties had given it some of the praise it deserves over the decades, we probably would not be in this mess. It is only when there is a threat to leave that we are told all the problems that will cause.

  • Helen Dudden 9th Sep '18 - 7:10am

    What happened to the pro bono written in 2006 by Freshfields? ECAS asked for it, it was filed. Children, who are illegally retained and court situations under Bis 11a. I added to the Hague, and the Bis 11a because of the problems with court systems in some EU States. Of course, you will understand the use of The Spanish Civil Code, written by the Spanish, for the Spanish. I could quote other failures, but unless someone wants to listen……….
    I would very much wish, that we have more control of our borders, and our legal system. The EUROPEAN Arrest warrant has caused some issues too. You spend time in a prison until your court appearance, this could be a year!

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