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Mayor calls on ministers to ensure Brexit does not jeopardise safety
CTB News: 19/10/2017 - 15:32
Sadiq Khan has set out six ‘red lines’ to ensure the UK can continue visual EU collaboration on security and counter terrorism post-Brexit.
Sadiq Khan is increasingly concerned that Brexit talks are putting some of the most vital tools for protecting the British public at serious risk.
Speaking at the London Assembly’s EU Exit Working Group, the Mayor called on the Brexit Secretary, David Davis, to provide clarity and regular updates on six resources which are vital to public security: the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol); The European Arrest Warrant (EAW); The Schengen Information System II (SISII); EU Passenger Name Records; European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS); and the Prüm arrangements.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “The safety and protection of our capital city is my number-one priority – and the threat to London is becoming more international than ever.
“Measures like Europol, the European Arrest Warrant and EU Passenger Name Records have played a huge part in helping our hard-working police and security services foil many plots.
“They also help to stop criminals passing from border to border and disrupt serious organised crime, as well as the trafficking of deadly weapons.
“That is why today I have set out six ‘red lines’ that must be held to in Brexit negotiations in order to keep the British public safe, and ministers must urgently confirm that UK security is at the forefront of Brexit negotiations.
“No deal on these complex security issues is simply not an option.”