Wednesday 16 October 2019 / 12:01 AM Diane Abbott / Home

Government talks tough on law and order, but the reality under them is cuts and chaos – Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the NAO report on Brexit and the UK border, said:

“It’s simply unacceptable that ministers who have been threatening to crash out with No Deal have left our border security so woefully underprepared.

“The recruitment of Border Force personnel could also be too little, too late given the scale of the potential disruption.  As the NAO makes clear, the government’s planned recruitment drive only just makes up for the numbers the Tories cut from 2014 onwards, despite a vastly increased workload.

“The government talks tough on law and order, but the reality under them is cuts and chaos.”