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Centre for Britain and Europe

The purpose of the Centre for Britain and Europe (CBE) is to provide high-quality, research-based analysis to a wide range of stakeholders on the most salient issues affecting the UK, Europe, and their various relationships.

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We have been awarded the prestigious Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence from the European Union, for 2020-2023.

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Dr Alia Middleton

Senior Lecturer in Politics, Co-Director of The Centre for Britain and Europe (CBE), Deputy Chair (FASS), University Ethics Committee and Undergraduate Admissions Tutor


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Our research fosters progressive insights on a wide range of UK-European relations, exploring short, medium and long-term inter-sectoral trends.

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Directors News

Professor Amelia Hadfield, Dean International, Head of Department of Politics at Surrey, Co-Director of the Centre for Britain and Europe (CBE), Professor Karen Bullock (Department of Sociology at Surrey), Professor Stephen Tong (School of Law, Social & Behavioural Sciences at Kingston University), Ellis Mallett, Doctoral Student  (Department of Politics at Surrey) Paige Keningale, Doctoral Student (Department of Sociology at Surrey), Fennel Wellings, Research Assistant (at Canterbury Christ Church University) have delivered a report on the methods and approaches of international policing between the United Kingdom and its European partners: “Cooperation between UK and European Police, Judicial, Port and Border Authorities in the Post-Brexit Age” 

Our aim

By drawing together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from politics, criminology, and policing studies based in different institutions we aimed to explore the fullest possible range of post-Brexit changes on British and European law enforcement and police collaboration.

Our approach

This report draws on research from interviews with stakeholders working in the field of law enforcement. This research has mapped and tracked how legislation, policies and agreements between the UK and EU have been, and will continue to be, formulated in the post- Brexit landscape. The research considered the ways that the EU-Exit has altered the organisation, structures, and processes of UK-EU transnational law enforcement; how law enforcement personnel understand the changes brought about by the EU-Exit; and how law enforcement agencies work together in the post-Brexit environment.

Key finding

While participants agreed that the UK’s exit from the EU has led to an inevitable fracturing of traditional security structures and information sharing processes, they also drew attention to how the impact of Brexit was less impactful than they might have anticipated in the run-up to 31 December 2020. This was due to a variety of factors, including the mitigating impact

of aspects of the TCA and contingency planning that the UK government had  conducted before the country exited the EU.