Metropolitan police set up ‘no deal’ unit
A “no deal safety net unit” is being rushed through by the Metropolitan police at a cost of more than £2.4m ($3.1m) after police chiefs warned the home secretary that losing EU tools would make it harder to monitor the movements of sex offenders or terrorist suspects, according to internal police documents. The initial cost was subsequently inflated by £250,000 to allow the unit to rent an office near parliament after the Met said it did not have the space, given the large size of the team.
Discussions are ongoing about the level of the running costs to the taxpayer should the UK crash out in March. The Home Office approved the funding for the unit after asking the National Crime Agency and National Police Chiefs’ Council to draft plans for a “no deal, no implementation period” scenario, in which the UK would not secure a transition period.