Commissioner Dick and Brexit

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-01-17
Session date: 
January 17, 2019
Reference: 
2019/0208
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Organisation: 
Brexit Alliance Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I note Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dick’s statement on 27 December 2018 that: ‘A no-deal Brexit could be financially costly and put the public at risk.’1 I can remember a time not so long ago when Met Commissioners restricted themselves to fighting crime (and it’s not as if London is currently crime free) - rather than making incendiary political pronouncements. Will you remind Ms Dick that if she wants to get into the business of making regular pronouncements on political issues, then she needs to offer herself to the electorate as a candidate in an election?

 

1 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/dec/27/cressida-dick-no-deal-brexit-could-put-public-at-risk-metropolitan-police

Answer

Commissioner Dick and Brexit

Commissioner Dick and Brexit

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Commissioner’s comments were neither political or incendiary, but those of a responsible and concerned police leader.

She was asked, repeatedly, during an interview about the impact of Brexit on some of our international policing tools and observed that we would need to renegotiate them if we had a no-deal Brexit. This is a fact. She observed that these tools were important to keep us safe and to lose them in a no-deal would be more costly, slower, and potentially put the public at risk. These are facts. They may be inconvenient to some, but it is right and proper for the Commissioner to raise awareness of public safety concerns.