Blog: Brexit Britain set for new era of security – Home Office dismisses EU threats – Express

The UK Home Office is working on a raft of new regimes to make the country safer and securer post-Brexit. Despite both sides securing vital security cooperation post-Brexit, the UK has now lost access to the EU’s Schengen Information System II (SIS II) which has been used since 2015. Security forces will now look to the Interpol system which some argue will be sufficient in coping with the loss of data from the SIS II.

The Government has also stated the loss of data to the SIS II system only accounts for 0.5 percent of persons of interest to UK services.

Instead, the UK will move to rely on the Interpol service which stores approximately 90 million documents.

During talks, the EU had stated it would be legally impossible to grant the UK access to the system now it has left the bloc.

While there is concern over the lack of data, the Home Secretary welcomed the comprehensive deal which was agreed last month.

Ms Patel said following the announcement of the deal: “The safety and security of UK citizens is the government’s top priority and the UK will continue to be one of the safest countries in the world.

“I’m immensely proud of the comprehensive package of capabilities we’ve agreed with the EU.

“It means both sides have effective tools to tackle serious crime and terrorism, protecting the public and bringing criminals to justice.

“But we will also seize this historic opportunity to make the UK safer and more secure through firmer and fairer border controls.”

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Now out of the EU, the Home Office is looking to create a more streamlined extradition service.

It is also thought the end of free movement may stop criminals crossing the border and will also tighten border controls.

Chiefly, the Government has announced it will only accept passports or approved biometric cards for EU nationals attempting to enter the UK rather than EU ID cards.

This change will come into effect from October and will hinder criminals and terrorists from being able to create fake ID cards to travel.

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A Home Office official told The Daily Telegraph: “These documents are some of the most insecure and abused documents seen at the border and we know that they are used by organised crime groups.”

Border agency, Frontex said more than 7,000 people were detected trying to enter the bloc using fake documents in 2016.

Swiss nationality and EEA cards will also not be recognised.

The UK will also look to more effective plans for DNA, fingerprint and vehicle registration data and as well as continued sharing of Passenger Name Record data.

From July 2021, the UK will also receive advanced data for all EU goods entering Britain.

The UK is now operating a system whereby police forces can detain fugitives wanted by close partners without applying for a warrant first.

This is due to the UK no longer being a part of the EU Arrest Warrant Scheme.

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