Theresa May to update Parliament on Brexit today

EU deputy chief Brexit negotiator, Sabine Weyand, said yesterday that the chances of reversing Brexit were “non-existent” as there is no majority in the House of Commons in support of a second referendum. Speaking at the launch event of the Munich Security Conference, Weyand added that the campaign for another vote would not be successful unless it “presented Europe as it is and not as a fantasy.”

Weyand also said yesterday, “When it comes to foreign and security policy the impacts of Brexit are limited,” adding, “In the exchange of secret service information, Great Britain is a lot less active than Germany and France…That is because cooperation on security takes place outside EU structures.” This comes as the Munich Security Report, published yesterday, warns “that Brexit proceedings will continue to inflict wounds on both sides of the Channel for years to come.”

Separately, Richard Martin, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on Brexit planning, has warned of the consequences of losing access to EU sharing systems in the event of No Deal. In particular, he said that it would take much longer to investigate criminals who have committed crimes abroad and subsequently been arrested in the UK. Martin noted that instead of information being shared in two days as now, it would take more than two months to check the criminal records of a suspect with European counterparts, during which time the suspect could abscond. Martin said, “If we don’t get information back from our EU partners in a timely fashion, there’s a real risk [of a suspect absconding]. If they know they are likely to be incarcerated or charged, that’s a very real possibility.”

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