Internal threats to European security have become more transnational in scope, especially with the fast development of information technologies. In light of this reality, cooperation on security issues in Europe is key to effectively tackle threats such as organised crime, terrorism or cybercrime. This was recognised during the EU-UK negotiations for future cooperation and important agreements were indeed reached on matters of internal security. Despite this, the parties will not enjoy the same access to cooperative tools as when the UK was a Member States. Brexit will therefore undoubtedly have a negative impact on the EU’s and UK’s ability to respond to internal threats for European security.
In this session, the Foreign Affairs and Security team will present the main takeaways from the Policy Paper section analysing the need and possibility for further EU-UK security cooperation in the future, considering the recently negotiated Trade and Cooperation Agreement. The analysis specifically focuses on cooperation within the Europol framework as the EU’s law enforcement agency and one of the main bodies for maintaining European security. The team will present their recommendations for a strong cooperation in the future and a short outlook.