A legal pact has been proposed by Brexit secretary David Davis to maintain security links between Britain and the European Union to ensure the fight against terrorism is not hampered post-Brexit. London was rocked once more following another train bombing at Parsons Green Station and Davis has advised Brussels that continued collaboration in the stand against terrorism would help to improve the safety of citizens both inside and outside the EU.
The initial proposals will provide legal backing to intelligence, law enforcement and criminal justice partnerships beyond March 2019 when free movement of people between the EU and Britain will end. Davis highlighted in his statement on the treaty that continued cooperation would be “absolutely crucial” in maintaining and improving the safety of both EU and UK citizens. Davis also stressed the importance of a flexible partnership to ensure that the treaty “has the agility to respond to the ever-changing threats we face.”
The document will ensure that no gaps in the operating ties between the EU and Britain occur when Britain finally leaves the European Union. The treaty will reinforce the current security and justice measures in place, which will be legally upheld by the introduction of the treaty in the face of the changing relationship between Britain and the European Union.
“The life and soul of the party but he is not the man you want driving you home at the end of the evening.”
Stress has been placed on making the treaty as versatile as possible in light of the recent terror attacks that have plagued Europe over the last few years. Terrorist attacks are constantly changing and morphing to outmanoeuvre security measures and home secretary Amber Rudd has voiced her support for the pact following the increasing scale of many of these attacks. “Recent events in the UK and across Europe have shown the criminal and terrorist threats we face are varied and increasingly international. The long-standing collaboration we have with our European partners allows us to jointly address these threats and keep our citizens safe. As we prepare to leave the EU it is therefore vital that we agree a new way to ensure continued security, law enforcement and criminal justice cooperation.”
Rudd also weighed in this week on Boris Johnson’s controversial claims that Britain could still scrape together £350m a week after we leave the EU. Johnson made these claims in a 4,000 word article for The Daily Telegraph, published the day after the Parsons Green terror attack. Rudd questioned the timing of the article, accusing Johnson of ‘backseat driving’ the Brexit negotiations. Johnson’s article sparked ferocious debate within the Conservative party, with many Tory MPs even claiming that Theresa May should sack Johnson due to the treacherous nature of the article and its poor timing. Rudd infamously stated during the EU referendum campaign that Johnson was “the life and soul of the party but he is not the man you want driving you home at the end of the evening.” She boldly chose not to shy away from the controversial comment as she appeared on The Andrew Marr Show this week: “What I meant by that is I don’t want him managing the Brexit process. What we’ve got is Theresa May managing that process. She is driving the car – to continue the allegory – and I’m going to make sure as far as I am concerned and the rest of the cabinet are concerned that I’m going to help her do that.”