Delegates carrying papers arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the Europa building in Brussels, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
The devil's in the detail: British MPs warn security could be threatened in Brexit deal. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Britain ‘sleepwalking’ to security crisis: MPs



Britain is sleepwalking towards a security crisis because of the failure to deal with complex legal issues around Brexit, an influential group of MPs warned on Wednesday.

Lawmakers said that the UK could lose vital intelligence data and allow EU criminals to escape justice unless they addressed the problems urgently.

The government had appeared to assume that it was in the shared interests of the UK and the EU to decide a “swift and easy agreement” but failed to recognised the scale of the task facing them, according to MPs on the home affairs committee.

“Given the scale of cross border crime, trafficking and terror threats, we need security and policing cooperation more than ever,” said its chairwoman Yvette Cooper. “But there is a serious risk we will lose some of the vital data and extradition arrangements if there isn’t urgent work by both the UK and EU to deal with the trickiest issues.”

Some of the most difficult problems are linked to the European Arrest Warrant, which makes it easier for suspects to be arrested and returned to EU nations where they are wanted for criminal offences.

Some EU members, such as Slovakia and Germany, specifically bar such extraditions to non-EU nations.

The European police intelligence organisation, Europol, has stepped its efforts to combat terrorism after a series of attacks across the EU highlighted intelligence sharing efforts between nations.

Britain said it wants to retain membership of the organisation – its outgoing head is British – but membership will form part of the discussions between the UK and the EU.

The two sides earlier this week agreed a “large part” of the agreement that would lead to an orderly withdrawal by the UK before 2021 when the UK expects to be free of European Union rules.

But updating the laws and the complex rules on sharing data could take longer than that, the MPS warned.

“Much more urgency needs to be given to this whole area. Otherwise, we risk sleepwalking into a crisis,” said the committee.

“Policing cooperation, extradition arrangements and data sharing are too important to lose or diminish. The costs of failure are unthinkable.”

Country-size land deals

US interest in purchasing territory is not as outlandish as it sounds. Here's a look at some big land transactions between nations:

Louisiana Purchase

If Donald Trump is one who aims to broker "a deal of the century", then this was the "deal of the 19th Century". In 1803, the US nearly doubled in size when it bought 2,140,000 square kilometres from France for $15 million.

Florida Purchase Treaty

The US courted Spain for Florida for years. Spain eventually realised its burden in holding on to the territory and in 1819 effectively ceded it to America in a wider border treaty. 

Alaska purchase

America's spending spree continued in 1867 when it acquired 1,518,800 km2 of  Alaskan land from Russia for $7.2m. Critics panned the government for buying "useless land".

The Philippines

At the end of the Spanish-American War, a provision in the 1898 Treaty of Paris saw Spain surrender the Philippines for a payment of $20 million. 

US Virgin Islands

It's not like a US president has never reached a deal with Denmark before. In 1917 the US purchased the Danish West Indies for $25m and renamed them the US Virgin Islands.

Gwadar

The most recent sovereign land purchase was in 1958 when Pakistan bought the southwestern port of Gwadar from Oman for 5.5bn Pakistan rupees. 

What is the FNC?

The Federal National Council is one of five federal authorities established by the UAE constitution. It held its first session on December 2, 1972, a year to the day after Federation.
It has 40 members, eight of whom are women. The members represent the UAE population through each of the emirates. Abu Dhabi and Dubai have eight members each, Sharjah and Ras al Khaimah six, and Ajman, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain have four.
They bring Emirati issues to the council for debate and put those concerns to ministers summoned for questioning. 
The FNC’s main functions include passing, amending or rejecting federal draft laws, discussing international treaties and agreements, and offering recommendations on general subjects raised during sessions.
Federal draft laws must first pass through the FNC for recommendations when members can amend the laws to suit the needs of citizens. The draft laws are then forwarded to the Cabinet for consideration and approval. 
Since 2006, half of the members have been elected by UAE citizens to serve four-year terms and the other half are appointed by the Ruler’s Courts of the seven emirates.
In the 2015 elections, 78 of the 252 candidates were women. Women also represented 48 per cent of all voters and 67 per cent of the voters were under the age of 40.
 

Company profile

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Founders: Mohammad Raafi Hossain, Daniel Ahmed
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Sector: FinTech
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Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Nick Jonas 

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Arctic Monkeys

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COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Revibe
Started: 2022
Founders: Hamza Iraqui and Abdessamad Ben Zakour
Based: UAE
Industry: Refurbished electronics
Funds raised so far: $10m
Investors: Flat6Labs, Resonance and various others

Biography

Favourite drink: Must have karak chai and Chinese tea every day

Favourite non-Chinese food: Arabic sweets and Indian puri, small round bread of wheat flour

Favourite Chinese dish: Spicy boiled fish or anything cooked by her mother because of its flavour

Best vacation: Returning home to China

Music interests: Enjoys playing the zheng, a string musical instrument

Enjoys reading: Chinese novels, romantic comedies, reading up on business trends, government policy changes

Favourite book: Chairman Mao Zedong’s poems


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