Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has warned of the risk posed to security by Brexit.
Commenting, Jacqui Smith, former Home Secretary and leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Cressida Dick is right to warn about the security risks of Brexit, but it must be clear to her and everyone working in our police and security services that leaving with the Government’s deal would not address those risks. It would be a huge mistake for anyone to think otherwise.
“The reality is that the Government’s plan will weaken UK participation in the European Arrest Warrant, making it harder to tackle cross-border crime, and offers no long term guarantees at all of access to vital security databases.
“From a security perspective, by far the best option would be to go back to the public in a People’s Vote with the option of keeping our current deal as EU members. That would keep the European Arrest Warrant and all database access and allow the UK to continue working with our European partners to keep the public safe.”