Brexit could expose UK to terrorist attacks

In reaction to the attack near Westminster palace on Wednesday, 22 March, more and more British representatives warn that after Brexit, the UK's capability to prevent and face terrorist attacks shall worsen.

These fears relate to the fact that after leaving the EU, the UK will be limited regarding information sharing and cooperation within Europol. According to a report from 30 March, British Interior Minister Amber Rudd claimed that the UK will break off cooperation with Europol if an advantageous deal is not reached. However, this could be counterproductive for the UK. The UK's close cooperation in information sharing with the United States cannot replace many years' worth of sharing within the EU. Experts estimate that the time spent on information sharing, e.g. of fingerprints or DNA samples, could take months instead of days outside the EU. While Britain benefits from bilateral security cooperation, for example with France and Germany as displayed during the attacks in Berlin, Brussels or Paris, not even intensive intelligence and security cooperation can guarantee minimal risk of a terrorist attack.

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