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The Evening Standard has published a news story highlighting the preparations by the Government to introduce martial law if there is civil disorder due to food/medicine shortages if there is a no deal Brexit. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/brexit-news-latest-whitehall-officials-look-at-prospect-of-imposing-martial-law-in-event-of-nodeal-a4049751.html
Fedster posted a topic in Police Oracle FeaturesScenario risks increasing pressure on law enforcement. Date - 28th November 2018 By - Hayden Smith and Ian Weinfass The UK will lose access to EU databases used by police to track terrorists and criminals in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to an official analysis. The paper provides the most detailed government assessment to date of the potential impact on security and law enforcement ties if no agreement is struck. Agencies would no longer be plugged in to systems for exchanging a raft of data including criminal records, alerts on wanted suspects, DNA, fingerprints and airline passenger information. Extradition requests would take longer, while cooperation on counter-terrorism, cyber security and illegal migration would be affected. The assessment, published by the Department for Exiting the European Union, said: "A no deal scenario would not provide the same levels of capabilities envisaged in the deal scenario - many of which would require formal agreements with the EU - and would risk increasing pressure on UK security, law enforcement and judicial authorities. "In the event of no deal, the UK would no longer have any access to EU data platforms, or have guaranteed channels for obtaining law enforcement information." If an agreement is not reached, there will be no implementation period after the UK formally departs the bloc in March. The paper said: "This means that any operational cooperation that relies on EU tools and instruments at the point of exit, would stop. "This would create immediate legal and operational uncertainty with the risk of operational disruption and potential security implications." Under the terms of the draft agreement, the two sides have committed to establishing a "broad" and "comprehensive" security partnership. But in a no deal scenario, Britain would face losing access to: A scheme for sharing air passenger data such as names, travel dates and contact details The Prum system, which facilitates fast exchange of DNA and fingerprint data The Second Generation Schengen Information System (SIS II), which circulates millions of law enforcement alerts in real time The European Criminal Record Information System, which enables automated exchange of criminal record data The assessment also flagged up the potential impact on cooperation in a number of "thematic areas". On efforts to counter terror and violent extremism, it said: "In a no deal scenario, it would be harder for the UK and the EU to work strategically to tackle these evolving threats." Effective action on illegal migration would be more difficult with no formal arrangements in place, the paper added. It made clear the government would seek to "mitigate the effects of a no deal scenario on the UK's security". In a "deal scenario", operational cooperation will continue largely as it does now during the implementation period, the analysis said. Labour MP Yvette Cooper, who chairs the Commons Home Affairs Committee, said: "This assessment makes clear the substantial security risks from no deal, but it does absolutely nothing to tell us what the security risks are in the Prime Minister's deal. This isn't being honest with everyone." Liberal Democrat Ed Davey said: “Theresa May keeps telling us she’ll work out a wonderful new security agreement before the transition period ends, but she has completely failed to make any progress whatsoever over the last two years. “The Liberal Democrats demand better for our police and our communities. That’s why we are fighting to give the people the final say on the deal, including the option to exit from Brexit.” View On Police Oracle
Fedster posted a topic in Police Oracle FeaturesHome Office says it is planning for all possible scenarios. Matthew Scott, Lord Willy Bach and Martyn Underhill Date - 8th August 2018 By - Ian Weinfass - Police Oracle 11 Comments Police and crime commissioners are warning of the risk to public safety from a no deal Brexit. Conservative, Labour and independent representatives said they have discussed the issue with the National Crime Agency and National Police Chiefs’ Council and fear what could happen without agreement between the UK and EU. They have written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid to confirm the Home Office has developed a contingency plan for a no deal Brexit. The letter was discussed at a national PCC meeting in mid-July and sent last week. It is signed by Tory Matthew Scott, Labour’s Lord Willy Bach, and independent Martin Underhill. It says: “We understand that considerable additional resource would be required for policing to operate using non-EU tools and that such tools would be sub-optimal - potentially putting operational efficiency and public safety at risk." It continues: "There are 32 Law Enforcement and National Security Measures [Lens] that are used on a daily basis in an operational policing context. "Unless the government is able to negotiate the retention of these measures following the UK's withdrawal from the EU, police and law enforcement agencies face a significant loss of operational capacity. "As police and crime commissioners, we are increasingly concerned that such a loss of capacity could pose significant risks to our local communities." They add that Brexit negotiations come at a time when the threat from foreign national offenders targeting the UK from abroad is increasing. They also say that with the implementation period unlikely to be known until October this year, the five-month window until the end of March 2019 is "likely to be very challenging". They have asked for a meeting with the Home Secretary to discuss "preparations, contingencies and the financial implications of post-Brexit policing". In 2016 Sir Hugh Orde revealed on Police Oracle that chiefs had analysed the impact of leaving the EU in 2013 and identified 13 elements “without which we would struggle to protect citizens in this country”. A Home Office spokesman said: "There is widespread recognition that the UK and EU can most effectively combat security threats when we work together. It is important we maintain operational capabilities after Brexit - and we will continue to make this case to the European Commission. "We are confident that an ambitious agreement on future security cooperation can be reached — but it is the duty of any responsible government to prepare for every eventuality, including no deal. "With that in mind, we are working closely with operational partners on contingency planning so we can ensure the safety and security of our citizens in all scenarios.” View On Police Oracle