The last-minute trade deal between the U.K. and European Union has helped stave off a potentially turbulent disruption in key law enforcement and security priorities between the two sides. The U.K.’s departure from the EU means the country has lost access to certain law enforcement tools and privileges available only to EU member states, including access to Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency. […] The loss of EU member-only tools and privileges poses a challenge in particular for the U.K. agencies tasked with investigating white-collar crimes such as foreign bribery—a crime that they have been under pressure to tamp down on in recent years. […] Earlier A deal between the U.K. and the European Union came in late December, days ahead of an end-year deadline, giving Britain significant freedom to depart from EU regulations and sign free-trade deals with other countries. […] Without a deal, the U.K. and the EU would have reverted to European conventions dictating processes for arrests and extraditions that date to the 1950s.
Click here to read the full article