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Any disruption to North-South police co-operation post Brexit could have ‘serious consequences’ – report

Any disruption to North-South police co-operation post Brexit could have ‘serious consequences’ – report

A new report has warned that any disruption to North-South police co-operation brought about by a no-deal Brexit could have serious consequences.

The research was carried out for the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

Currently as an EU member – the report states – the UK participates in a range of justice and security co-operation measures such as the European Arrest Warrant and Europol.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there will be immediate consequences for the ability of the UK to continue to participate in those measures, the report warns.

It says that given the 310-mile land border and the specific post-conflict realities on the island, any disruption to police co-operation could have serious consequences.

The report also says that the post-hard-Brexit UK will have to rely on the 1957 Convention on Extradition as there is no precedent for non-EU involvement in the European Arrest Warrant.

It says extradition on the island of Ireland is a key concern for justice officials, noting that historically it has been a politically sensitive and difficult issue.  

It says the EAW resolved many of those issues.

It also states that despite goodwill between the PSNI and the gardaí, legal restrictions could have an impact on operational capability and efficiency of investigations and prosecutions.

Commenting on the report, the Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Emily Logan said the threats from the breakdown of EU-UK security co-operation cannot be ignored considering the needs of victims of crime.

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