The UK would see major disruption to cross-border criminal cases if Prime Minister Boris Johnson fails to agree a post-Brexit deal with the EU, law enforcement leaders have warned.
In a letter to MPs published on Tuesday, National Crime Agency head Steve Rodhouse, said that “the potential loss of access to Europol in a ‘Non Negotiated Outcome’ is the tool area we are most concerned about from a serious organised crime perspective”.
In a separate letter, the National Police Chiefs’ Council expressed concern that a ‘no deal’ Brexit would see the UK locked out from sharing data with European law enforcement authorities.
Although the issue of police and judicial co-operation has not been a major sticking point in the negotiations on future UK-EU relations, the window for agreeing a deal that can be ratified by the end of the post-Brexit transition period at the end of 2020 is narrowing fast.
(Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)