Tuesday, 24 July 2018 05:38

UK GOVERNMENT RISKING PUBLIC SAFETY WITH IDEOLOGICAL BREXIT RED LINES

The SNP has said that the UK government must abandon its hard Brexit red lines in its negotiations with the EU or risk putting public safety in jeopardy, following damning conclusions raised in a new report published by the Home Affairs Committee. 

The UK-EU security cooperation after Brexit follow-up report warns against the UK government’s march to a hard Brexit, and that without contingency plans in place the “safety and security of UK and EU citizens will be put at serious and unnecessary risk.”

The report also added that the UK government’s recent Brexit White Paper “moves us no closer to agreement with the EU on many difficult issues.”

SNP MP Stuart McDonald - who is a member of the Home Affairs Committee – commented:

“Our cross-border security cooperation with the EU has been vital in tackling crime, terrorism, and in bringing criminals to justice. The UK government must not put that, as well as public safety, in jeopardy through its ideological hard Brexit red lines.

“As the UK prepares to leave the EU, Theresa May must ensure that our security cooperation links are strengthened, not weakened.

“The lack of detail or planning by the UK government offers a worrying outlook over the very real prospect of a deteriorating security relationship.

“As this report makes clear, the UK government’s Brexit White Paper – which was published two years after the EU referendum, and fell apart in just two days – fails to bridge the gap with the EU in reaching an agreement. 

“Time is fast running out and the UK government must put aside its pursuit of a hard Brexit and instead meaningfully engage with our EU neighbours so that public safety and security cooperation is not put at risk.”

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