On 15th May, law firm Corker Binning published an article which starts by saying that the EU drive towards transcending national borders gave rise to unintended if not wholly unforeseeable consequences, as criminals exploited the ability to move, and to move assets related to criminality, between the Member States.  It says that the EU responded through the creation of a range of agencies and legal instruments designed to undermine and prevent criminal activity throughout the bloc. These included the Schengen Information System, the European Arrest Warrant, the European Investigation Order, the Joint Investigation Team, the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS), the Prüm Convention and the Directive on Passenger Name Records (PNR).  It points out that the UK is a large user of these instruments. It is, for example, the 4th largest user of the ECRIS database.  The article concludes that the UK faces an uphill battle in order to negotiate co-operation agreements that replicate the efficiency and effectiveness of those currently enjoyed under the EU apparatus and negotiating policing and justice agreements will be a difficult task.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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