UK and EU cross-border law enforcement and criminal justice co-operation under the TCA
UK and EU cross-border law enforcement and criminal justice co-operation under the TCA

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • UK and EU cross-border law enforcement and criminal justice co-operation under the TCA
  • Human rights and governance
  • Surrender mechanism for expedited extraditions to and from Europe
  • Scope and dual criminality provisions
  • Grounds for non-execution
  • Mutual legal assistance
  • Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing co-operation
  • Freezing and confiscation co-operation
  • Exchange of criminal records information
  • Data sharing
  • More...

UK and EU cross-border law enforcement and criminal justice co-operation under the TCA

On 24 December 2020, the UK and EU agreed in principle the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), which was signed by the Presidents of the European Commission and Council of the EU, and the Prime Minister, on 30 December 2020. The TCA entered into force on 1 May 2021 after being provisionally applied as of 1 January 2021. Following the end of the implementation period at 11 pm on 31 December 2020, the TCA provides a comprehensive framework for UK-EU relations governed by public international law. Although the TCA is a separate legal instrument from the Withdrawal Agreement (an EU treaty with direct effect in UK law), it sits alongside the Withdrawal Agreement, and the domestic provisions of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EU(W)A 2018) on Retained EU law.

For further reading on the legal terms and implications of the TCA generally, see News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—examining the EU-UK Trade Cooperation Agreement.

For information on the law enforcement and criminal justice co-operation measures which the UK was privy to when it was an EU Member State, as well as the options which were being considered for post Brexit law enforcement and judicial co-operation in criminal matters prior to the TCA, see Practice Note: Brexit—implications for law enforcement and judicial co-operation in criminal

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