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PM "gambling with Britain's security" as EU prepares to disconnect UK from crime-fighting databases

April 20, 2017 11:03 AM
By Barry Holliday

PM "gambling with Britain's security" as EU prepares to disconnect UK from crime-fighting databases


The EU is preparing to disconnect the UK from key crime-fighting databases in the case of a disorderly hard Brexit, it was revealed today.

It comes after Theresa May and Amber Rudd threatened to use security as a bargaining chip in the Brexit negotiations, while the Prime Minister has insisted that "no deal would be better than a bad deal."

Liberal Democrat MP and senior member of the Brexit Committee Alistair Carmichael commented:

"The seamless sharing of information across the EU is absolutely vital in the fight against serious crime and terrorism.

"As a former Home Secretary, Theresa May should know this better than anyone else.

"But instead of securing access to vital crime-fighting measures, our Prime Minister is gambling with Britain's security by threatening to crash out of the EU without a deal.

"Britain has led the way on European security cooperation in the past, we must continue to do so in future.

"This election is a chance to change the course of the country and prevent this Government's reckless drive for a hard Brexit at any cost."