“EU membership means UK police can use law enforcement intelligence from 27 EU countries, and will have access to fingerprint and DNA information.”
For example, the UK has access to the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS), which allows EU member countries to exchange information—including fingerprints—contained in their national criminal records databases on the criminal convictions of EU citizens.
The ECRIS currently only applies to EU members.
This is an agreement between EU members but also extends to non-EU members like Norway.
So there is some precedent for information sharing that includes non-EU member states.
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Political debate in the UK is in flux right now. The UK’s exit from the European Union is approaching, we will soon have a new prime minister and potentially a general election.
We want politicians to tell the truth, and while the best politicians realise that their work should be done honestly, some aren't taking their responsibilities seriously. Both sides in the EU referendum campaign let voters down, from deceptively designed leaflets to some of the arguments made on each side. The public rightly expects more from politicians.
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