Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (132)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

132. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on whether arrangements should be made for the UK to enjoy a one-stop security agreement with the European Union; and if he has made representations to this effect. [8129/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

From the beginning of the Brexit process, the Government has been clear about our wish to pursue the closest possible relationship with the UK following its departure from the EU, including on matters related to security. The Political Declaration on the framework for the future relationship agreed in November states:

“The future relationship will provide for comprehensive, close, balanced and reciprocal law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, with the view to delivering strong operational capabilities for the purposes of the prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of criminal offences."

The political declaration identifies key areas for cooperation, including data exchange, operational and judicial cooperation, and anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing. It also contains firm commitments to respecting fundamental rights, including a commitment by the UK to continue to adhere to the European Convention on Human Rights.

Ireland supports this high level of ambition.

Ireland and the UK will also continue to co-operate with the UK on border and immigration matters within the framework of the Common Travel Area, while fully respecting rights of EU nationals.

The Minister for Justice and Equality and his officials have engaged regularly with EU, UK and Northern Ireland counterparts to share analysis of the impacts of Brexit. The Department of Justice and Equality is also engaging intensively with criminal justice agencies and sectoral experts to prepare for the issues arising when the United Kingdom leaves the EU.