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Security arrangements in the event of no deal examined by Committee

27 February 2019

The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee takes evidence from the Metropolitan Police, the National Crime Agency and the Home Office.


In the event of a 'no deal' Brexit, the Government is planning for the UK to revert to non-EU cooperation mechanisms like Interpol, Council of Europe conventions and other bilateral agreements to maintain operational capabilities. In this evidence session, the Sub-Committee will look at what practical steps the police and security services are taking to prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU without a deal.


Wednesday 27 February 2019, Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 11.30am

  • Richard Martin, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police
  • Steve Rodhouse, Director General (Operations), National Crime Agency
  • Rebecca Ellis, Director Europe, Home Office
  • Penny Freston, Senior Director of EU Exit, Border Force

Possible questions

  • Which non-EU cooperation mechanisms would be the most challenging to adapt to, or represent the greatest operational gap, compared to current arrangements?
  • Are there any forms of cooperation currently facilitated through EU mechanisms for which there are no fall-back options?
  • What level of cooperation could be supported through "bilateral channels"? Could Member States unilaterally decide to continue sharing information with the UK?
  • Germany has confirmed there would be no legal basis to extradite its citizens to the UK after 29 March. Which other Member States have similar legal and constitutional barriers to extraditing their nationals to the UK under the 1957 convention?
  • How important will international networks and bilateral relationships with your European partners and colleagues be in mitigating the impact of a ‘no deal' Brexit?

Further information

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