Sunday 15 September 2019 / 12:21 PM Diane Abbott / Home

Priti Patel claims UK could stay part of all international security agreements in the event of a no deal Brexit

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to Priti Patel’s claim on Marr the UK could stay part of all international security agreements in the event of a no deal Brexit, said:

 

“The Home Secretary seems deeply confused about the UK’s security arrangements in the event of a no deal, and needs to clarify the situation urgently. Her suggestion that we could maintain access to all our security arrangements if we crash out of the EU is simply not plausible.

 

“Boris Johnson is happy for us to stop cooperating fully with our neighbours on security. Not only will we lose access to real-time information about security threats if we crash out of the EU, but we may also have to destroy some of the data we already have.

 

“This is why Labour has led efforts to get No Deal off the table. This government would knowingly compromise the safety of its citizens – it has no business running our country.”

 

Ends

 

Notes to editors

While discussing security arrangements in the event of a no deal Brexit on the Marr show this morning:

 

Andrew Marr: If there is a suspected rapist in Greece or Hungary or somewhere, how will we be able to get that person extradited back? How long will it take and how will it work?

 

Priti Patel: Well will work currently. I mean if, we want a deal first of all…

 

Marr: We’ll be outside of those agreements…

 

PP: So first of all, we want a deal, so if we get a deal we’ll be within those agreements. Secondly, we’re working already with our counterparts across Europe and with other systems within the European Union framework, so with Interpol for example. We’ve also set up a new international criminal…

 

Marr: In a no deal we won’t be in those agreements will we?

 

PP: Well we will be in those agreements.

 

AM: Even without a deal?

 

PP: We will be able to be in Interpol, we’ll be able to use red notices, we’ll be able to use Council of Europe mechanisms. We’ll be able…

 

AM: But it won’t be as good will it, it won’t be as smooth, as fast, and efficient?

 

PP: But we will be able to use them.