Written Questions are submitted by MPs or Lords to receive information from a Department.
|4 Jul 2017, 9:17 a.m.||Eurojust||David Hanson|
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of loss of access to Eurojust after the UK leaves the EU on tackling human trafficking.
Answer (Brandon Lewis)
In a modern, interconnected world, crime is increasingly international and does not respect borders. The Government is clear that effective cooperation with EU Member States on security, justice and policing in order to tackle serious organised crime will continue to be a top UK priority.
Eurojust can lead to improved criminal justice outcomes by ensuring that investigators and prosecutors share information and evidence, agree strategies and co-ordinate activity in order to tackle cross-border criminality in a more efficient and effective manner.
The Government values the role of Eurojust and that is why Eurojust was one of the measures we rejoined in December 2014 as part of the decision under Protocol (No. 36) to the EU Treaties to opt out of all pre-Lisbon JHA legislation and opt back into 35 key measures.
The Prime Minister has made clear that one of the twelve objectives for the negotiations ahead will be to establish a new relationship with the European Union that includes practical arrangements on matters of law enforcement cooperation to tackle cross-border crime and to keep our people safe.
We continue to work closely with EU partners and we are examining the options for future cooperation once the UK has left the EU.
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