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Inquiry on post-Brexit UK-EU law enforcement and security cooperation

As the transition period draws to a close on January 31 2020, the EU Security and Justice yesterday launched a brief inquiry into the outcome of the current UK-EU future relationship negotiations, as they relate to policing, law enforcement and security matters.

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Building on the evidence sessions it held earlier this year on UK-EU collaboration on security post-Brexit, the EU Security and Justice Sub-Committee, chaired by former UK National Security Adviser Lord Ricketts, yesterday launched a brief inquiry into the outcome of the future relationship negotiations on these matters.

The inquiry will focus on what the parties have agreed regarding the UK’s continued participation in the criminal justice and security mechanisms, agencies and databases to which it had access as a Member State, and, where there is no agreement, the likely effectiveness of the Government’s contingency plans.  

The evidence sessions for the inquiry will be held in January and early February 2021 and will include evidence from law enforcement practitioners and academics.

Topics for discussion

  • Future UK-EU collaboration on extradition and replacement for the European Arrest Warrant
  • Replacement for UK access to the Schengen Information System
  • Replacement for UK participation in Europol and Eurojust
  • Future arrangements for the sharing of DNA, fingerprint and vehicle registration data
  • Government contingency plans for law enforcement, policing and security cooperation if the Commission does not make a data adequacy decision in favour of the UK

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