Up to 1,000 police officers to be trained for post-Brexit redeployment from Britain to Northern Ireland
Up to 1,000 police officers from England and Scotland are being trained for possible deployment to Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit, The Guardian reports.
The move was requested by the PSNI in anticipation of potential unrest about border arrangements that could be put in place if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Police services in the UK can provide policing assistance to each other under a formal “mutual aid” arrangement.
Guidance circulated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) in 2016 states that mutual aid “is usually provided in response to or in anticipation of a major incident or event” and is “likely to be extraordinary to the normal policing arrangements in an area”.
Police officers were deployed to other services on a large-scale and long-term basis in response to public order demands for the first time during the miners’ strike in the early 1980s.