There is a ‘real danger’ the UK’s security will be put at risk by Theresa May’s Brexit deal

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a news conference after an extraordinary EU leaders summit to finalise and formalise the Brexit agreement in Brussels, Belgium November 25, 2018

There is a “real danger” that the UK’s security could be seriously damaged by Theresa May’s proposed Brexit plans, said a committee of MPs.
The Home Affairs committee said the prime minister’s proposed deal is “seriously lacking” in detail on security, customs and border arrangements.
Yvette Cooper MP, chair of the committee, told Theresa May to stop being “complacent” about security arrangements after Brexit.
“The Government isn’t being open about the implications of this deal. Continued police and security cooperation is in everyone’s interest, but there is far too much complacency,” she said.
With Tuesday’s crunch vote on Brexit fast-approaching, it still looks very likely that MPs will reject May’s deal.

LONDON — It will be “near-impossible” for Theresa May to agree a security treaty with the EU by the time Britain leaves, meaning there is now a “real danger” the UK’s security will be damaged, MPs have warned,

The Home Affairs committee of MPs warned that the political declaration which forms part of May’s proposed deal is “seriously lacking” in detail on security, customs and border arrangements.

“The political declaration is seriously lacking in detail and provides insufficient clarity about both the future security partnership and future arrangements at the border,” the report states.

It adds: “There is a real danger that the UK’s position will be weakened in the future partnership.”

While the withdrawal agreement which covers UK-EU divorce issues like budget payments and EU citizens’ rights is highly detailed, the political declaration on the future relationship is vaguer and not legally binding, leading to concerns that key issues like security have been overlooked.

In particular, MPs highlighted the fact that May had secured no long-term access to criminal databases after the UK exits the EU. It said the loss of such capabilities would make the country less safe. Member states rely heavily upon EU information-sharing agencies such as Europol, the Schengen Information System, and the European Arrest Warrant to enforce domestic security and policing arrangements.

The committee also said there was a “significant risk” that the planned transition — which would end in December 2020 — will expire before the UK agrees new security arrangements with the EU, leaving a dangerous window in which the UK’s security was weakened.

While May’s proposed deal contains a so-called “backstop” emergency measure to avoid the emergence of a hard border on the island of Ireland, there is no similar provision for security arrangements.

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Source:: Business Insider

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