Security cooperation with the European Union examined
9 February 2021
The Home Affairs Committee examines the extent to which the agreement supports security cooperation between the UK and EU, and its consequences for the UK’s law enforcement capability. It also examines the scope for building on the agreement in the future to improve how the UK and EU share information or enable cross-border policing activity, and identify areas in particular need of improvement.
- Watch Parliament TV: UK-EU security co-operation
- Inquiry: UK-EU security co-operation
- Home Affairs Committee
Wednesday 10 February, virtual meeting
- Sir Julian King, former European Commissioner for Security Union, 2016-2019
- Sir Rob Wainwright, Former Executive Director of Europol, 2009-2018
The security relationship between the UK and EU, following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, is set out as part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. The agreement creates significant changes to the mechanisms and policies that support law enforcement and judicial cooperation.
The UK no longer has access to some databases (SIS II and ECRIS) or law enforcement mechanisms (European Arrest Warrant) and has changed its relationship with Europol. The agreement aims to mitigate the impact of these changes by providing replacement law enforcement tools, and support action against criminal and terrorist activity in the UK and EU.