Britain could continue to pay to remain a part of Europol as part of new security treaty with the EU after Brexit. David Davis, the Brexit Secretary said security links should be secured with a new legal pact to make sure the fight against terror continues unhindered after March 2019.
It comes after Theresa May was accused of using Britain’s world leading police and intelligence services as leverage in the negotiations.
In her letter triggering Article 50 in March she warned of a "weakened" security regime if Britain left the EU without a Brexit deal.
The Government's position has shifted significantly since then, with Mr Davis and the Home Secretary Amber Rudd leaving no doubt that security co-operation would continue.
The EU has refused to discuss Europol, which exchanges crime and counter-terrorism information and intelligence, until it judges that "sufficient progress" has been been on the financial settlement, Ireland and citizen's rights after Brexit.
Nevertheless Mr Davis has drawn up proposals for a new treaty to give legal backing to intelligence, law enforcement and criminal justice partnerships after Brexit.
Mr Davis said: "Effective international cooperation is absolutely crucial for both the UK and the EU if we are to keep our citizens safe and bring criminals to justice.
"We already have a deep level of collaboration with the EU on security matters and it is in both our interests to find ways to maintain it. We approach negotiations on our future special partnership with the EU as an opportunity to build on our existing achievements."
In a future partnership paper released this week, Mr Davis will say the UK and the EU would both benefit from making sure there are no holes in operational ties when Britain exits the bloc.
The document will set out proposals to keep in place ties on security and justice between Britain and the EU that would be legally underpinned by the treaty.
Ms Rudd said recent terror attacks across the bloc showed the scale of the threat and the need for cooperation.
Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/17/britain-will-pay-remain-part-ofeuropol-brexit-david-davis-says/