No-Deal Brexit To Hurt UK Police's Powers To Arrest Foreigners - Senior Officer
Umer Jamshaid 7 days ago Mon 11th February 2019 | 04:03 PM
In case of a no-deal Brexit, the UK police's powers to arrest foreign suspects would be impaired, a senior UK police officer said Monday
"We could not arrest that person in front of us, while with an EAW [European Arrest Warrant] we can do it instantaneously ... The officer has to go to a magistrates court to get a warrant under the 1957 convention of extradition ... Every fallback we have is more bureaucratic, it is slower ... We go back to a slower, clunkier place," deputy assistant commissioner Richard Martin said, as quoted by The Guardian.
Martin also stressed that frontline policing would require more time and effort to be carried out.
The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union in late March. The two sides have reached a withdrawal deal. However, it has not yet been approved by UK lawmakers, prompting fears of a no-deal Brexit both in Brussels and in London.