'No-deal Brexit risks UK security'
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Lord Ricketts 'real risks' to security in no-deal Brexit

A former head of the UK Foreign Office, Lord Ricketts, has warned that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, law enforcement and judicial cooperation will be severely affected.

He told Hardtalk's Stephen Sackur: "We believe there are real risks for our security of leaving the EU without tying down a continuation of the co-operation that goes on under the EU instruments.

"At the moment our police forces depend upon databases, on confidential messaging systems, on a whole range of instruments to co-operate across borders with their European counterparts."

Lord Ricketts was also the first UK National Security Adviser under former Prime Minister David Cameron.

You can see the Hardtalk interview in full on Tuesday 5 March 2019 on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel and after on BBC iPlayer (UK only).

  • 05 Mar 2019
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