A leaked document has revealed that a No-Deal Brexit poses a major risk to public safety.
No-Deal would mean police officers instantly losing vital access to cross-border investigative powers and databases. These warnings were contained in an alarming letter from the body that represents police and crime commissioners.
Lib Dem MP Tom Brake said:
"This shouldn’t come as a surprise to the Government, as Met Commissioner Cressida Dick warned them of the security risks of No-Deal last December. What is astonishing however, is that the Prime Minister, who used to be Home Secretary and therefore is fully-aware of these dangers, is still refusing to rule out No-Deal."
A No-Deal Brexit would result in the UK’s loss of access to EU-wide criminal databases including the SIS-II database, the most widely used and largest information sharing system for security and border management in Europe, and the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), which has been used to extradite 800 suspected criminals back to the UK to face justice since 2010.
Attempting to charge criminals without access to these databases or slowing down access, would be incredibly costly for local police forces, take much more time to pinpoint and extradite people from abroad, and ultimately threaten the security of local citizens.
Tom Brake added:
"By refusing to take No-Deal off the table, the Prime Minister is turning national security into a gambling act. Without these crime-fighting tools, local police will not have access or only limited access, to the databases that currently help to bring paedophiles, murderers and rapists to justice.
"Brexit in no way warrants putting the safety and security of British citizens at risk. That is why the Liberal Democrats are calling on the Prime Minister to rule out a No-Deal Brexit and then give the final say on Brexit to the public, with a people’s vote."