The EU makes UK streets safer

Charles co-authored a report on how Britain is kept safer by EU membership. The report looked into several areas, including:

  • How UK borders are safe in the EU,
  • Europol,
  • Exchange of Criminal Records,
  • The EU Counter-Terrorism Hub,
  • The Prüm Convention, and
  • European Arrest Warrants.

“NATO is the cornerstone of our national defence, but the EU is a vital component and complement, in particular through the resource it adds to our intelligence services, so vital in tackling terrorism.

The Prüm Convention, for example, allows our police to quickly search EU countries’ DNA databases, vehicle registration data and fingerprint data. The Passenger Name Recognition (PNR) system, introduced in response to the Paris attacks, obliges airlines to provide the names and details of passengers entering or exiting Europe to all EU countries. EU countries share criminal records and, despite not being part of the Schengen area, the UK has access to the Schengen Information System, which maintains information on persons of interest across Europe.”

The full report was co-authored with Lord Carlile of Berriew QC and Peter Neyroud, former Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police and CEO of National Policing Improvement Agency. The report can be found here.

Media coverage of the report included a Guardian article, found here.

Leave a Reply