Restart Brexit talks! Dominic Grieve demands Boris change EU agreement over security fears
Brexit: EU is playing ‘hardball’ with Northern Ireland says Hoey
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A report by the Conservative European Forum (CEF) lambasts the Prime Minister for “not being ambitious enough”. The group, led by former Cabinet ministers Sir David Lidington and Dominic Grieve, says the decision to leave the European Arrest Warrant has put Brits at risk.
Sir David, who was deputy to former Prime Minister Theresa May, said: “Criminality today does not respect national frontiers and our security systems must reflect this reality.
“The UK and EU must now urgently conduct talks to strengthen security cooperation.”
Mr Grieve, who formerly served as UK attorney general, added: “Every day that passes is storing up problems, as systems run more slowly and with less cooperation between security agencies.
“The Government cannot simply cross its fingers and hope.”
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A former head of the Bar Council, QC Guy Mansfield also criticised the Brexit agreement.
“It is plain that we have lost important tools for tackling crime,” he said in an introduction for the CEF report.
“Speed is crucial and the loss of real time access to important databases will have a serious impact on our ability to tackle a host of issues associated with international organised crime.
The CEF is now demanding the Prime Minister return to talks with the EU to fix the issue.
Mr Johnson has rejected criticisms of his deal, and described it as “fantastic”.
“It means certainty for the police and the border forces and the security services and all those that we rely on across Europe to keep us safe,” he said upon the deal being agreed on December 24 last year.
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Remainers aren’t the only ones calling for changes to the Brexit deal with the EU.
Brexiteers are also demanding changes be made after disruption in trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Under the Northern Ireland Protocol, red tape and bureaucracy has been added for any exports of goods across the Irish Sea.
This has led to delays at ports and problems in supply in Northern Ireland.
DUP MP Sammy Wilson has called for the Protocol to be scrapped completely.
He said: “There are credible alternatives to the Protocol.
“Mutual enforcement would ensure that 95 percent of goods travelling from GB to NI, which do not move into the EU, could avoid regulations.
“The proposal protects the UK internal market and the EU single market with legal guarantees.”
Meanwhile, Baroness Hoey, one of the most vocal Labour supporters of Brexit in 2016, said the Government must “remove the Protocol and give people in NI the same rights as the rest of the UK”.
Downing Street has repeatedly rejected calls to return to the negotiating table.
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