Davis wants to keep ties with Europe’s cops

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DAVID Davis wants a new se­cu­rity treaty with the EU to catch ter­ror­ists and in­ter­na­tional crooks.

The Brexit Sec­re­tary is keen to en­sure quit­ting the EU will not end the UK’s co-op­er­a­tion with Europe’s po­lice and spies.

He said: “We al­ready have a deep level of col­lab­o­ra­tion with the EU and it is in both our in­ter­ests to main­tain it.”

The fu­ture of the European Ar­rest War­rant is also up for ne­go­ti­a­tion. BRI­TAIN’S cap­tains of in­dus­try to­day or­der EU ne­go­tia­tors: “Get a bloody move on.”

Next month bosses will be­gin draw­ing up plans for 2019, the year the UK quits the EU.

And un­less progress is ur­gently made now, they will have to work on the as­sump­tion there will be no deal.

The plea for ac­tion comes in an open let­ter to Brexit Sec­re­tary David Davis and EU chief ne­go­tia­tor Michel Barnier.

The let­ter, signed by the bosses of more than 100 of Bri­tain’s big­gest firms with a mil­lion em­ploy­ees in Bri­tain and the EU, says: “The risk of no deal re­mains real and has to be planned for, with in­evitable con­se­quences for jobs and growth.” The business lead­ers want Mr Davis and Mr Barnier to agree a three-year tran­si­tional ar­range­ment with the EU af­ter Brexit. A sep­a­rate state­ment by Busi­nessEurope, rep­re­sent­ing EU firms, adds: “Business needs cer­tainty and time to pre­pare. The slow pace of ne­go­ti­a­tions is of spe­cial con­cern.” Mean­while For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son up­set business yes­ter­day by say­ing Bri­tain should turn its back on the sin­gle mar­ket and not pay a fee to trade with Europe. Book­ies Lad­brokes im­me­di­ately made Boris 8/1 to be next to leave the Cab­i­net while Lib Dem leader Vince Ca­ble branded him “a Pound­land Don­ald Trump on ma­noeu­vres”. On Friday Theresa May makes her big Brexit speech in Florence in a bid to kick­start stalled ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Why Florence? Brex­i­teers say be­cause it was a great in­de­pen­dent city-state, though Re­moan­ers say it’s been in de­cline since the 15th cen­tury. The Ital­ian city was also home to his­tory’s most in­fa­mous po­lit­i­cal ma­nip­u­la­tor, Machi­avelli. EU Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Juncker is some­times known as Jean-Claude Drunker be­cause he’s fond of a tip­ple.

He be­lieves Brexit will rid the EU of its naughty child.

‘POUND­LAND TRUMP’ Boris John­son

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