Statement from West Yorkshire's PCC on policing and security considerations for the Brexit negotiations (19 Sep 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Yorkshire and Chair of Association of Police and Crime Commissioners: "I am working with the National Crime Agency (NCA), the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and my PCC colleagues nationally to call on the Government to ensure that policing and community safety are prioritised in the Brexit negotiations.

"The impact of the UK leaving the EU is currently not known. Nevertheless it's very important that plans are being made both locally and nationally to negate any potential negative impacts on our communities as far as possible when it comes to security.

"I welcome the NCA and NPCC announcement of a new national unit being created to assist police forces in arranging alternatives to current EU data sharing and cooperation tools, such as the European Arrest Warrant, which would be lost in the event of a 'no deal' Brexit.

"I would reiterate, as the NPCC have stated, that there is no intelligence to suggest that disorder or crime will increase as a result from a 'no deal' Brexit. However, it is right that all eventualities are looked at and plans are in place.

"It's well known that policing is already under intense pressure due to years of Government austerity measures. It would be my hope that a deal is made with the EU to allow for the continuation of current working practises on security cooperation which in my opinion would be the best outcome not only for the UK but the EU as well."

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