Minister questioned on the Brexit White Paper and UK-EU security post-Brexit
12 September 2018
The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee takes evidence from the Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP, Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service and Rob Jones, Deputy Director, Europe, Home Office.
The Government’s White Paper ‘The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union’ was published on 12 July 2018. The Committee will take this opportunity to ask the Minister and the Home Office about the White Paper, and the wider security relationship between the UK and the EU during the transition phase.
Wednesday 12 September 2018, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster
- The Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP, Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service
- Rob Jones, Deputy Director, Europe, Home Office
- Why is the Government no longer proposing a treaty on internal security between the UK and EU?
- Will internal security be negotiated as part of the broader "Association Agreement" that the White Paper proposes, or will there be separate negotiations on security?
- What level of detail on internal security can we expect in the forthcoming Political Declaration?
- What indications have you had from EU negotiators that the UK's ambition to reach agreement will trump the lack of precedent for third country involvement in such frameworks as the European Criminal Records Information System and Passenger Name Records?
- Does the Government believe that respecting the remit of the CJEU when participating in agencies such as Europol post-Brexit will be enough for the UK to gain access to their governance boards and information-sharing mechanisms, such as the Europol Information System?
- Article 168 of the draft Withdrawal Agreement, published on 19 March 2018, states that an EU Member may refuse to extradite its own-nationals to the UK during the transition period, should its "fundamental structures" – i.e., its constitutional provisions – prevent it from doing so. Yet the White Paper suggests that "[t]he Withdrawal Agreement will address this issue". How will it address this issue? Has the Government begun discussions with the EU and EU27 Member States about this aspect of the transition period?
- What avenues will be open to the UK to scrutinise or influence EU Justice and Home Affairs measures during transition, once it loses its seats in the European Parliament and Council?
- If the UK and EU fail to decide on a Withdrawal Agreement text before 29 March 2019, what contingency plans has the Government made to ensure that internal security cooperation continues?
- In the case of "no deal", will the Government prioritise certain aspects of the security relationship? Has it begun discussions with the EU and EU27 Member States about any such priorities?
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