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Lords to investigate how to keep the UK safe outside the EU


The House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee will begin a short inquiry into the implications of Brexit for future co-operation between the UK and EU on police and security matters on Wednesday 14 September.

The new Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union has said that the Government's aim is to preserve the UK's relationship with the European Union on security matters as best it can. This inquiry provides an opportunity to explore how cross-border police and security co-operation will be affected by leaving the EU on issues including cyber-security and organised crime, and consider how best to protect UK interests in these areas. The Committee will also examine the UK's future access to EU criminal databases; prospects for UK participation in EU law enforcement agencies such as Europol; and measures such as the European Arrest Warrant.

The House of Lords EU Committee and its six Sub-Committees are conducting a coordinated series of short inquiries looking at the key issues that will arise in the forthcoming negotiations on Brexit. Taken as a whole, this programme of work will be the most extensive and thorough parliamentary scrutiny of Brexit.

At 10:30am the Committee will hear evidence from:

  • Dr Paul Swallow, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Criminal Justice & Computing, Canterbury Christ Church University;
  • Professor Steve Peers, Professor of Law, University of Essex; and
  •   Mr Tony Bunyan, Director, Statewatch

The evidence session will take place at 10:30am, Wednesday 14 September in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords.

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