A Brexit no-deal would aid terrorism in the UK and across Europe | Anders Fogh Rasmussen

If Britain crashes out of the European Union, the exchange of data that protects the safety and security of all of us could stop overnight

• Anders Fogh Rasmussen is a former secretary general of Nato

The UK has begun to contemplate the prospect of no Brexit deal by the March 2019 deadline. The economic impact would be significant, but with contingency plans under preparation, there are ways to try to mitigate the worst aspects. However, in the fight against terror, a no-deal scenario – and therefore no EU-UK close cooperation – is hardly an option. Put bluntly, without a deal the UK and Europe face the possibility of homeland data flows, and police and judicial cooperation, being turned off within hours. This would give free rein to terrorists, traffickers and organised criminals, and both sides must prepare now to prevent such an unthinkable scenario materialising.

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