Source: London Assembly
Londoners’ safety will be placed at risk if the Government does not maintain its current security arrangements with the European Union, local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, has warned. At Friday’s London Assembly Plenary meeting, she backed a motion calling upon the Home Secretary to take action to ensure that the UK does not lose access to crucial security databases and tools, such as the Schengen Information System and the European Arrest Warrant.
This motion was passed by the London Assembly, after it was supported by the Labour Group, Green Group and the Liberal Democrat Assembly Member, but rejected by the Conservative Group.
This came as the Prime Minister announced that the UK must brace itself for a no-deal scenario, despite negotiations with the EU now having been extended further.
On its current trajectory, the UK is set to fall back on inferior security arrangements with European member states, making it harder for police forces to track criminals crossing into the border from the continent, alongside presenting other obstacles for cross-border co-operation.
At a recent London Assembly Police and Crime Committee meeting, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, revealed that she was not being updated on the situation by the Government. The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, added that the Mayor had not yet received any response from Ministers to the concerns he has raised about the impact of a no-deal Brexit upon policing in the capital.
Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:
“Ministers are playing fast and loose with our safety in their reckless pursuit of a hard Brexit.
“The Government has shamefully kept the police and City Hall in the dark over this issue, but it is clear that we are facing the imminent threat of losing access to crucial security databases and tools.
“We are living through uncertain and challenging times, so if anything, we need to work towards even tighter co-operation with our closest neighbours.
“As our motion has urged, the Government must bring the continuity of the current security arrangements to the top of the table as negotiations come down to the wire”.