Friday 24 May 2019

No clarity on post-Brexit policing, says PSNI chief

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Colm Kelpie

The head of the PSNI has warned there isn't enough political direction or clarity about what will happen with policing and justice - including the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) - after Brexit.

Chief Constable George Hamilton told the House of Lords EU Committee sitting in Belfast that the "biggest practical vulnerability" is the removal of the EAW and the need to find an alternative arrangement with the Republic.

Mr Hamilton said he didn't believe we were in a better place now than 18 months ago in the wake of the referendum.

"We have been treading carefully to not move into the political debate, but we also feel a certain concern and lack of assurance that we're saying the same things now than we were 18 months ago," Mr Hamilton told the committee.

"We stand ready as public servants, in an apolitical sense, to advise, to help, support, but we're not seeing, on the policing and criminal justice front, enough direction, clarity, and asking about what we need."

DUP MP Sammy Wilson opened his contribution to the committee with strong criticism of the Government here, referring to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as "naive", and saying the all-island economy was a nationalist myth.

Irish Independent

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