The police will not be able to arrest the suspects sought abroad in the case of a Brexit without agreement and lobbied the government for months to fill a gap in the law, said the officer in charge of planning without agreement for the police chiefs.

Richard Martin, Assistant Deputy Commissioner of the Council of Chiefs of National Police, said the officers would be powerless to arrest wanted people abroad without access to the European arrest warrant and should instead get one. with a magistrate.

Martin said that the police had been negotiating with the Department of the Interior for much of the year, but that it is only in recent weeks that a bill has been elaborated – there is less than three weeks left until the UK deadline to leave extension.

He said that it was the main concern without agreement for the police. Last year, more than 1,400 people wanted under European arrest warrants were held in the UK on behalf of the police throughout Europe.

In the event of a Brexit without agreement, the United Kingdom would lose access to the European arrest warrant and should rely on Red Notices issued by Interpol under the 1957 European Convention on Extradition.

Martin said, "At the moment, there is no national legislation for anyone who is wanted on the red notice. We should go get a magistrate's mandate. You could end up with an officer in an unenviable position where someone in front of him is wanted abroad. Unless you have other reasons to stop them, you can not do anything about it. So what we are trying to do is close the gap. "

Police said she hoped the urgent law needed to fill the void would figure in this month's Queen's speech.

Martin told reporters at a press conference: "We have been advocating for this for a while. We have negotiated most of this year with the Ministry of the Interior. It has just been written in recent weeks and signed by the Secretary of the Interior. "

Police said there was an increase in the number of hate crimes in the second and fourth weeks of September, at about the same time as the main Brexit debates in Westminster. Figures should be published next week.

Police also said that 26 out of 43 forces in England and Wales had restricted the officers' leave in view of the possible departure without an agreement on 31 October. Two forces, Kent and Hampshire, have asked for mutual help in recruiting outside officers. Kent covers Dover and Hampshire covers ports, including Portsmouth.

Planning in the absence of a transaction for the police cost 26 million pounds and the final cost should be much higher.

A Home Office spokesman said: "New legislation aimed at creating a power of arrest for Interpol's Red Notices without having to seize the court beforehand will improve the maintenance capabilities of the police." order regardless of the Brexit result. "

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