The UK is drifting towards a European security crisis that will dramatically degrade the capacity of the police and criminal justice system to keep citizens safe. This is the stark conclusion reached by academics at King’s College London together with leading policy makers, prosecutors and detectives.
Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at King’s, Ben Bowling explains, ‘Although British and EU negotiators agree that security cooperation is in the interests of safety for everyone in Britain and Europe, there are still no concrete proposals for how this will work.
‘For example, how information will be shared among police forces, whether the UK will remain in the European Arrest Warrant and if not how extradition will work post-Brexit.’
He suggests that without an agreement, the law will revert to the 1957 Extradition Treaty which would be much more costly, inefficient and too slow to provide safety to citizens and justice for victims.
Professor Bowling says, ‘The European Arrest Warrant also relies on a system that would not be accessible to the UK without a deal.’
At a workshop held at King’s, experts agreed that negotiating a bespoke deal may be possible but any negotiation will face a complex set of security structures and law enforcement processes. With time running out and no concrete proposals yet on the table, they conclude that security cooperation is likely to grind to a halt with major implications for justice and security.