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UK 'must continue to work with Europe on security'

Continuing to work with Europe and EU member states on issues related to security should be a key priority for the British government over the coming years.

That's according to the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), which stressed the importance of ongoing cooperation in the wake of the country's recent decision to leave the European Union.

Just under 52 per cent of the people who voted in the EU membership referendum backed leaving, a result that has created chaos in politics and business.

David Cameron immediately announced his resignation as prime minister, with a new leader of the Conservatives due to be in place by the autumn, while the Labour party has been rocked by division and infighting.

Amidst all this uncertainty and upheaval, the BSIA has called for the country to "pull together" and "work to build a new relationship with the EU".

A statement from the industry body emphasised the need for the UK to show the world that, while it is set to leave the EU, it is still part of Europe and will remain an "enthusiastic partner" on all security and trade matters.

It also reassured businesses and organisations within the security industry that it will continue to fight for their interests during what could be a challenging time.

"The BSIA will continue to work with all of the key organisations in this process, including the UK government, UK and EU parliaments, devolved UK parliaments and other key EU organisations to ensure the interests of the security industry are best represented as the UK moves forward to a new chapter in its history," the association said.

"The BSIA remains confident that the UK's security industry will continue to lead the way in the development of innovative new technology and services, and will maintain its reputation as a global leader within the sector."

In a recent article in Professional Security, Mark Rowe, executive editor of the magazine, summed up some of the many opinions on the EU referendum result and what it could mean for security in the UK.

Among those commenting was Martin Hewitt, vice-chair and assistant commissioner at the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), who reiterated the NPCC's need to work closely with European nations in the fight against organised crime, cyberattacks, terrorism and violent offences.

"This operational requirement must be maintained as the UK leaves the European Union," he said.

Businesses that have concerns about the potential ramifications of so-called 'Brexit' might want to look at steps they could take to maximise protection and reassurance for their workers in the short term.

This could include consulting with a professional security provider to identify any potential weaknesses in your current security arrangements, or investing in services such as manned guarding or key holding.

Posted by Andrew Miller

Image courtesy of iStock/Andrew Linscott

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