UK intends to maintain cooperation with Europol after Brexit

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UK after Brexit would like to continue to work with the law enforcement Agency of the European Union Europol, however, the format in which it would be possible, has not yet been determined and will be discussed at the talks with Brussels, said in published on Monday of the new agreement on cooperation in the field of security after Brexit, which London will be asked to sign the Brussels.

«Britain should seek an agreement with Europol, which would include maintaining the current level of cooperation», — stated in the text of the concept.

The intention to maintain close relations with Europol, in spite of Brexit, was confirmed by a senior source in one of the relevant British ministries. «The safety of citizens is a priority for the government at negotiations. With regard to Europol, Britain appreciates the cooperation and is one of the main «suppliers» of information to the databases of the Department. We hope that we will retain a close relationship with Europol. In the negotiations we will seek to maintain the level of cooperation with Europol and ensure its expansion,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

According to him, at this stage we can only speak about the intention, as no form of cooperation or contributions from great Britain has not been discussed. However, according to the source, in London believe that on this issue the parties will quickly come to a consensus.

Currently Europol cooperates with a number of countries that are not members of the EU, in particular, the United States and Canada. Are they going to build Britain’s relationship with the Agency in the same way, the source could not explain.

«The issue of assessments will be discussed at the negotiations. If the question arises about the British contribution to the European agencies, we are ready to discuss it. Now Europol is funded by the member countries of the EU. We are interested to continue cooperation. The key issue is to avoid a gap in cooperation. Preparatory work is needed, but our objective is to avoid disruption in the cooperation,» — said the source.

«All issues related to the cooperation with Europol, will be discussed in the upcoming negotiations. We are confident that the participation of Britain in the work of Europol and other law enforcement agencies of the EU will be beneficial to all parties. Close cooperation meets the interests of all», he added.

In the new Treaty with the EU, Britain has a high probability to commit and the desire to maintain on its territory the action programme of the European arrest warrant. Mention of this are contained in the published concept. «The European arrest warrant highly beneficial for both parties. We will discuss its application in the negotiations. I really hope that we will agree on the system of extradition. This is an important issue, including for our partners. We have made a lot of arrests in this order,» — said the source.

According to an employee of another relevant Ministry, the British government does not expect difficulties in the negotiations on a new agreement with the EU on cooperation in the field of security after Brexit. «We are not starting from zero level, coordination should pass quickly enough, as cooperation is already underway, we interact on all levels. We don’t have to negotiate from scratch. We take the basis of the formats of cooperation that we have, and on that basis we will conclude a new agreement. We hope that the proposed concept will provide a good base for the forthcoming negotiations,» said the official.

«We’re optimistic about the ability to negotiate according to the proposed provisions of the Treaty. They are beneficial to all,» he added, refusing to answer the question about the timing of the start of negotiations on a new agreement.

Britain should leave the EU 29 March 2019 — exactly two years after the launch of the Brexit, which the British voted in a referendum in June 2016.