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The UK’s Position on International Security

The latest positioning paper to be issued by the Department for Exiting the European Union concentrates on internal security cooperation.

The UK Government said today that after Brexit, Britain will look to agree a comprehensive new security, law enforcement and criminal justice partnership with the EU to fight our shared threats from terrorism and organised crime.

The paper lays out the UK’s vision for a deep and special partnership with the EU and in particular stresses the need to build upon and enhance the internal security cooperation that already exists.

Leaving the EU will change the nature of that cooperation but it will do little to change the threats faced on both sides of the Channel or reduce the value of the security partnership between the UK and the EU. That is why it is in the interests of both sides to continue to work together as part of a deep and special partnership, to develop a new framework for preventing, detecting, investigating and prosecuting criminal and terrorist activity across our borders.

The paper calls 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 UK’s three core objectives for these new arrangements are:

  • Protecting the safety and security of our citizens and upholding justice in the UK and across the EU;
  • Maintaining the closest and most cooperative partnerships between Britain and the 27 EU member states; and
  • Continuing to cooperate on the basis of our shared democratic values and respect for the rule of law.

The UK has 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 will remain committed to the security of the European continent after Brexit and its determination to protect the safety and security of EU citizens as well as UK citizens will not diminish.

The EU also recognises the importance of cooperation in this area and has stated it is committed to the fight against terrorism and international crime.

The paper says 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 will be important to ensure that there are no operational gaps created by the transition from one set of arrangements to another.

Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis said: “With the shared threats facing us evolving faster than ever before, it’s vital that the UK and EU maintain and strengthen the close security collaboration we currently have.

“Together with the EU we have developed some of the world’s most sophisticated systems in the fight against crime — because cross-border cooperation is absolutely crucial if we’re to keep our citizens safe and bring criminals to justice. That is why we want to build a new partnership with the EU that goes beyond any existing relationship it has with non-member states, so we can continue countering these cross-border threats together.”

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “The recent terror attacks in London, Manchester and across other parts Europe have been stark reminders of the shared and evolving threat the UK and our EU partners face. That is why it is crucial – for the security of the UK and the continent – that we continue and enhance our cooperation after we leave the EU.

“This position paper is the first step towards reaching an agreement to ensure we continue to protect millions of people across Europe.”

Read the future partnership paper on Security, law enforcement and criminal justice.

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4 Comments on The UK’s Position on International Security

  1. The European Arrest Warrant is an abomination and going against more than 800 years of English law banishing the arbitrary arrest and detention by the state. The Tories, Labour and Libdems should be ashamed of themselves, for giving up such protections.
    Article 39 Magna Carta 1315
    “No Freeman shall be taken or imprisoned, or be disseised of his Freehold, or Liberties, or free Customs, or be outlawed, or exiled, or any otherwise destroyed; nor will we not pass upon him nor condemn him, but by lawful Judgment of his Peers, or by the Law of the Land”.
    The protections of Article 39 did not extend to all citizens at first, because the
    term “Freeman” referred only to the members of the small feudal class. During the reign of Edward III (1327-77), the protection which the Magna Carta had provided the earls and barons was extended to “all men.”

    There are plenty of other methods of resisting terrorism. One of them is to uphold the laws of the land and to stop importing muslims. I would put a visa block on any further Muslims coming into the country, unless they sign a declaration form to establish who they are BEFORE they arrive with maximum stay of 3 months. A bit like an ESTA. There job done. No need for any treaty with the EU.

    The other point that the paper keeps mentioning is the need to protect EU citizens. Why? We are leaving the EU. That’s not the job of the UK government nor is it the job of any UK government agency. This paper is not about leaving the EU at all, far from it, the paper wishes to build on the existing treaty under Title V of Part Three of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Stay in Shenghan Information System (SIS II), Europol and the European Arrest Warrant, which come under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

  2. Also whose law. Ours or theirs.
    EU Procedure.: Ask if they can join Interpol as an entity. Have their own copy and call it by an EU name.e.g. EUROPOL .. Then ask for a treaty, then charge us to stay in .Or even funnier, leave.
    It’s happened time after time and our bunch, anxious to please, roll over and don’t even think of England.

  3. “Unaccompanied Asylum Children” which includes anyone who self classified themselves as such with or without travel documents/ID are not subject to rigorous investigation nor dna/medical tests to ascertain their real biological age. This means that as in Denmark where tests have started in earnest that as many as 80% will be found to be 99% certain over the age of majority ie 18yrs old.
    This is a gross dereliction of duty by the Home Office and resembles malfeasance and misconduct in a public office.
    Anybody who is injured/robbed/maimed by a false child asylum seeker should have the right to compensation from the Home Office and ideally also from the MPs and Senior Civil Servants charged with the Safety and Security of British Citizens – the number one duty of any government.
    The families of anyone murdered by false child asylum seekers should be able to equally claim compensation and if proven all MPs who actively supported effective invasion by false child asylum seekers should be impeached for treason.

  4. Some level of cooperation on security, particularly in tracking the invader is sensible. However that does not require a formal treaty.

    The worrying words here are “respect for the rule of law”; will this include enforcement of the EAW?

    My trust for our government is at the same level as that for a dangerous animal or terrorist.

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