Responding to Sajid Javid’s speech on terrorism, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:
“The first duty of government is to protect its citizens, but Sajid Javid has essentially confessed that his own Government is failing in that duty.
“In the same speech where he said how important Europol, the European Arrest Warrant and the Schengen Information System are for keeping us safe, he also admitted that there is no agreement on keeping those crucial crime-fighting tools after Brexit.
“By pursuing Brexit and throwing away these tools, the Government is playing into the hands of terrorists, murderers and drug traffickers. Saying that a new security partnership is still the Government’s preferred option is simply not good enough, and the Liberal Democrats demand better.
“That’s why we are fighting to stop Brexit and preserve the EU cooperation on which our police and security services rely.”