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Scotland's Place in Europe: Security, Judicial Co-operation and Law Enforcement

Scotland's Place in Europe: Security, Judicial Co-operation and Law Enforcement

Thursday, June 14, 2018

ISBN: 9781787810068

Scotland’s Place in Europe: Security, Judicial Co-operation and Law Enforcement sets out the Scottish Government’s position about the importance of maintaining a close relationship with the EU in relation to security, law enforcement and criminal justice co-operation.

Executive Summary

Scotland's Place in Europe: Security, Judicial Co-operation and Law Enforcement aims to improve the understanding about why maintaining a close relationship with the EU in the area of security, judicial and law enforcement is vital for Scotland.

This paper sets out the key benefits to law enforcement agencies in Scotland of participating in the European Union's security, law enforcement and criminal justice co-operation framework in fighting crime, keeping people safe and keeping pace with operational developments.

It stresses the importance of taking account of the fact that Scotland has a separate criminal justice system, and that our law enforcement agencies should maintain direct links with their EU counterparts, when the future security partnership with the European Union is negotiated.

The paper also highlights the key cross cutting issues in the UK-EU negotiations and explains why data sharing arrangements and the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union are potential barriers to the United Kingdom having a close relationship with the European Union in the justice and security area.