Metropoli­tan po­lice set up ‘no deal’ unit

The Guardian Weekly - - Global report -

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.

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