A FAILURE to agree a special and far-reaching post-Brexit security deal would cause “significant damage” to UK and European security alike, an influential defence think tank has warned.
The RUSI institution warned that a no deal Brexit would deprive UK law enforcement agencies of assessing critical EU intelligence – threatening our national security.
Britain would have less access to EU information systems than the US, Canada and Australia.
In a lengthy paper calling for a bespoke UK-EU permanent security arrangement, it argues that Britain makes a disproportionate contribution to over 40 EU data systems and cooperation arrangements so it’s in “neither party’s interest to unnecessarily impede this flow of critical information”.
RUSI research fellow Alexander Babuta calls on the EU to consider creating new precedents for a third country to be granted access to certain critical databases – regardless of whether there is a deal.
But this would need a bespoke deal because no current security arrangement with third countries allow real-time exchange of information that is crucial for tracking and capturing criminals.
UK IS ONE OF THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTORS OF INTELLIGENCE TO EU DATABASES’
The report says the only way of keeping the current law enforcement sharing process may be by giving the Court of Justice of the European Union a role in dispute resolution on security matters.
While failure to agree a deal to continue sharing crucial intel would risks “significantly weakening UK security,” it would also hit European countries just as hard, the report warns.
In the study Mr Babuta calls for an Internal Security Treaty to give the UK permanent access to most EU information systems to take effect at the end of the transition period in December 2020.
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He warns: “The UK is one of the largest contributors of intelligence to EU databases, so such a move may damage member states’ security as much as it damages UK security.”
He recommends: “The only way to ensure that current levels of security are maintained is for both parties to negotiate a bespoke permanent security arrangement.
“The EU must consider creating new precedents for a third country to be granted access to certain critical databases, given the disproportionate contribution the UK makes to EU information systems.”
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