U.K. to Publish Plans for Security Treaty With EU After Brexit

  • Home Secretary Amber Rudd says paper will be released Monday
  • Would maintain ties over crime and security after leaving bloc

The U.K. will detail its plans for security cooperation with the European Union on Monday, as it seeks to continue ties in efforts against crime and terrorism after Brexit.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd wrote in the Sun on Sunday newspaper that she will publish a proposal for a security treaty with the EU to maintain links for evidence sharing, extraditions and carrying out arrests.

“A new treaty would allow us to maintain and strengthen our current level of co-operation and provide a new legal framework to do this,” Rudd wrote. “It would mean we are able to respond to threats as they evolve, and would establish the way we can maintain crime-fighting ­capabilities between the U.K., the EU and its member states.”

Rudd said it is crucial to keep the benefits of the European Arrest Warrant, Europol and Eurojust after Britain leaves the bloc in 2019.

“Our proposal is to have a treaty where we lock in to all those different arrangements, we would stay part of Europol for instance, but we would lock into them from the outside,” Rudd said in an interview on BBC TV. “My conversations with my EU counterparts give me a lot of encouragement that we can do that.”

Rudd said that before the introduction of the arrest warrant in 2004, fewer than 60 people a year were extradited. More than 1,000 wanted foreign nationals are now extradited every year, she said, including murderers, rapists and pedophiles.

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