PSNI chief fears losing European arrest warrant in event of no-deal Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May has tried to persuade the British parliament to vote for her Brexit agreement to avoid a no deal scenario
Rebecca Black, Press Association

A senior police officer has voiced concern that the European Arrest Warrant could disappear in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Tim Mairs told a Policing Board seminar in Belfast that this week alone, five people are being brought back to Northern Ireland under the policing tool.

Making a presentation called Policing The EU Exit, Mr Mairs said police are concerned about the risk of losing this power if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

He also outlined potential risks from a no-deal Brexit including additional infrastructure or checks at the Irish border generating violent attacks and the exploitation of differences between the north and the Republic.

He emphasised that police do not want to see the perception of a "safe haven" for criminals created either north or south of the border after Brexit.

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The PSNI is recruiting 308 new police officers and staff to deal with Brexit after receiving additional funding of £16.4 million from the Treasury.

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