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Top police officer says no-deal Brexit could endanger public

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Top police officer says no-deal Brexit could endanger public

Law enforcement are concerned about loss of access to European databases.

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12/27/18, 12:52 PM CET

Updated 12/27/18, 12:59 PM CET

Lack of access to European law enforcement databases in the event of a no-deal Brexit could put the public at risk, a top police official said.

In the event of a hard Brexit, “we will have to replace some of the things we currently use in terms of access to databases, the way in which we can quickly extradite and arrest people,” Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, told the Telegraph.

“We will have to replace [them] as effectively as we can. That will be more costly undoubtedly, slower undoubtedly and potentially put the public at risk. No doubt about that,” she said.

Asked if there was time to put bilateral arrangements in place before Brexit, she said: “We can talk about how that might happen but whilst so much is unknown nothing can be put in place and it would be improper to do so.”

British law enforcement is particularly concerned about a possible loss of access to the European Arrest Warrant and Schengen Information System II, which includes information related to crime and terrorism.

Police hope they will have “as much as possible of the instruments we have at the moment or something similar in order to keep the public safe and at the same sort of cost,” the commissioner said.

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