There has been much comment about us leaving the EU security “club” of Europol and the European Defence Agency. Such a move (if it transpired) would unilaterally weaken all parties (remaining EU members and the UK) in the ongoing fight against crime and terrorism and would serve no positive purpose – and this at a time when terrorist atrocities across the globe are on the increase. I would therefore like to think that any Brexit agreement would incorporate a sensible and pragmatic approach to security and that the communication and sharing of information would continue for the common good.
There is still ongoing uncertainty over what Brexit will actually look like and this uncertainty breeds nervousness and fear both in individuals and business. From a private security perspective, the EU has been a driver for much of the regulation through the SIA since 2003 (for example TUPE) and we must ensure that post-Brexit, the private security industry does not go backwards towards a state of deregulation, but continues on its positive journey of raising standards and increased contribution to the wider security family in its fight against crime and terrorism.
David Mundell, Managing Director, Axis Security