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Crime Prevention

Question for Home Office

UIN HL166, tabled on 16 October 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to prevent criminals exploiting a no-deal Brexit.

Answered on

30 October 2019

The continued safety and security of our citizens remains the top priority.

We continue to work closely with operational partners, and engage with EU Member States, to ensure we are ready for a no deal scenario, keeping our planning under rigorous review.

We will transition our law enforcement cooperation with EU Member States to alternative non-EU arrangements, which include making more use of Interpol, Council of Europe instruments and other forms of co-operation with European partners, such as bilateral channels. Whilst these alternative arrangements are not like-for-like replacements, they are largely tried and tested mechanisms that we already use for cooperating with many non-EU countries.

Our law enforcement community have been and will continue to monitor, assess the potential response of organised crime groups (OCGs) to a no-deal situation.

Our preparations include extra funding for the National Crime Agency to build resilience in their international criminality bureau and international liaison network.

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