Theresa May reacted in shock as Michael Gove claimed the UK can ‘co-operate more effectively’ in many areas over border security outside the EU than ‘we ever could inside’. The Conservative former prime minister also appeared to mouth ‘utter rubbish’ in the Commons, after she accused the government of being ‘resigned to the prospect of no deal’ and asked the Cabinet Office minister about access to security databases.
Speaking in parliament on Monday, May said neither Gove nor Boris Johnson had mentioned security in recent statements, adding: “Will [Gove] confirm that if the UK walks away with no-deal then our police and law enforcement agencies will no longer have the necessary access to databases, such as PNR (passenger name record), in order to continue to identify and catch criminals and potential terrorists in order to keep us safe?’
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Gove responded that ‘significant progress’ had been made over security co-operation