Wednesday 21 October 2020 / 10:30 PM Uncategorised

Nick Thomas-Symonds responds to new rules banning some EU citizens who have served a jail sentence from the UK

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to new rules banning some EU citizens who have served a jail sentence from the UK, said:

“Nobody wants to see dangerous criminals entering the UK. However, just this week we learned the Government has not yet managed to agree a deal with the EU that would allow us to maintain access to the European Arrest Warrant and vital information-sharing systems such as Europol. So, when it comes to those entering the UK, come January, we will have no way of knowing who has a criminal record or which offences they may have committed.

“This announcement is another act of incompetence and fantasy from the Tories. They need to get on with negotiations and deliver the deal they promised to provide certainty to UK policing, wider law enforcement, and the security services, and ensure they have the tools necessary to tackle crime and keep our country safe.”