Patel to give police ‘stronger powers’ post-Brexit
Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Home Secretary Priti Patel has stated that she is prepared to give police and security agencies ‘stronger powers’ to ‘keep the UK safe’ post-Brexit.
Despite numerous warnings on the contrary, Patel suggested that the UK will be more safe following its departure from the EU, thanks to strengthened policing and security measures. She claimed that, having now left the EU, ‘we can give these agencies stronger powers to keep this country safe and protect our homeland security’. She also highlighted that the UK would also be better placed to protect its borders following its departure from the EU.
The claim was made after the European Union stressed that Britain’s access to policing and security facilities will be downgraded, with the UK being stripped of ‘direct, real-time access’ to sensitive databases related to security and justice.
Patel said: “Forging a new relationship with the EU also means taking back control of our borders, allowing Britain to finally control who comes into this country. Free movement has ended and people who want to live in the UK will now have to meet the requirements of our new points-based system.
“We will refuse to accept notoriously insecure national identity cards and will be able to crack down on illegal imports of goods through the introduction of pre-arrival data on goods being imported from the EU into Great Britain. We will also crack down on illegal immigration and reform the broken asylum system which only encourages people trafficking into the country through dangerous and illegal routes.”