Today the Parliamentary debate on Brexit will focus on security issues.
Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP – who challenged the Prime Minister on these issues in yesterday’s debate – said:
“This Brexit deal puts our security at risk.
“British access to two key databases essential to the fight against crime and terrorism are directly at risk from Brexit. SIS 2 and ECRIS have been used hundreds of thousands of times by our police forces but now we could lose all or some access to either or both.
“When I challenged the Prime Minister about this in the Commons yesterday, she claimed that the Political Declaration specifically named both databases as something she would negotiate access to:
The reference to those elements is indeed in the political declaration. [Interruption.] He says that they are not. I am sorry, but I have to say to him that he may not understand the elements that lie behind SIS II and ECRIS.
“But her claim is simply false. There is no reference to either database in the Political Declaration – a document which is legally unenforceable in any case.
“Nobody voted to weaken the fight against the crime or terrorism and all this shows just how a bad the Brexit deal will be for Britain. We need to keep our rights, our vote and our veto and to be full participants in the EU’s anti-crime measures.
“Now we know what Brexit looks like, and how it will weaken law enforcement, the public should be given the opportunity to decide in a People’s Vote – is this the kind of deal we want, or is the deal we already have in the EU better? In the end, only the people can sort this out.”