Following the Prime Minister’s visit to Brussels to take part in the Council of Ministers – the forum where Ministers/Prime Ministers from every elected government meet to set the direction of travel within the EU – she returned to the House of Commons to give a statement on its conclusions. The meeting with primarily focused on security and climate change.
That is why I asked the Prime Minister if she would confirm that leaving the EU in a no deal scenario would mean that we lose access to EUROPOL, EUROJUST, the European Arrest Warrant and SIS 2 – the border security monitoring databases.
As an outgoing Prime Minister I would have hoped for straight talking answers. She has no need to try and defend herself from her backbenches as they have already started selecting their next leader. The Prime Minister should have confirmed that we would lose access to these vital security measures. Instead she focused on internet security. It is time we had a grown up discussion about a no deal Brexit. Something this UK Government will not have.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister delivered a statement to the House of Commons following her visit to the European Union Council of Ministers. This statement included more information on the triggering of Article 50 as well as an update to the work the EU nations are doing in regards to immigration and border security.
I asked the Prime Minister about the proposals which were agreed by the European Council to speed up proposals for a European travel authorisation and the sharing of information. Because of Brexit I wanted to know if the UK is planning on being part of that system. If we are not, I asked the Prime Minister what it will mean for visa fees or access to Europe for British citizens.
The Prime Minister wouldn’t give a straight answer. She informed the House that she was “indeed negotiating the arrangements for the sort of European tariff or visa system”. It would appear to me that the Prime Minister is not too certain of how we will be going forward on this matter. This will result in uncertainty for people wishing to travel abroad and for businesses in Delyn that have strong links to Europe. This needs careful consideration from the Government and Parliament needs to be kept in the loop as to what the outcome of this negotiation is going forward. A bad deal on border security puts Europe’s safety at risk and ours.