No police for EU after no-deal Brexit

A "no-deal Brexit" will have implications for the UK police force. EU member states will also not be able to use UK law enforcement to help protect their citizens, says London's Met police.

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Why this story matters:

Panic is simmering in the UK as its exit from the European Union looms and fears of a "no deal Brexit" grow.

Adding to the frenzy is news that Britain is setting up a "no deal safety net unit" to cope with losses of police power if no deal is met before it exits the bloc.

The headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, the police force responsible for policing most of London, rushed through a £2.4 million plan after police chiefs warned that a no-deal Brexit could lead to the loss of EU policing tools that would have "significant implications for policing".

Other EU member states will also be implicated if no deal is reached and it cannot be negotiated to continue to share police tools.

Adding to the woes of "no deal", Britain's environmental department panic-hired 75 staff to work on a no-deal environment plan.

Details from the story:

  • A £2.4 million "no deal safety net unit" is being pushed through by Scotland Yard in the case that the UK leaves the EU without a deal and misses out on EU policing tools.
  • According to The Guardian, police chiefs warned that a no-deal Brexit could leave Britain without tools that help track the likes of sex offenders and terror suspects.
  • Richard Martin, a senior Met officer who leads on Brexit, said in internal documents: "Frontline officers will be less connected to alerts from EU partners about suspects they encounter and it will be harder to monitor the movements of sex offenders or terrorist suspects if we lose the Schengen Information System II (SIS II)."
  • "On a Brexit no-deal scenario, the UK will lose access to European measures, tools and mechanisms. These instruments are used on a daily basis in operational policing and unless the UK can negotiate continued access to them we will no longer be able to use them," said Martin.
  • Martin also warned that other EU member states would not be able to use tools within UK law enforcement that can help protect their citizens.
  • £250,000 was initially given to the unit to allow it to rent an office near parliament. The Metropolitan Police said it did not have the space to fit the large team.
  • Discussions are ongoing about the extent of costs to the UK taxpayer should the country crash out of the EU in March 2019 without a deal.
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