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In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Dr Adrian James, a former Scotland Yard detective and now a police studies reader at John Moores University in Liverpool, did not see Brexit impacting the work of intelligence. When asked about the importance of intelligence sharing in preventing terrorism, especially in the post-Brexit era, he replied: “I’m not sure that the withdrawal from the EU is too. important than some might think. He added: “The UK has always contributed more than it took out and the withdrawal had only a limited impact on other conduits – Interpol, bilateral agreements, etc.

However, Dr James acknowledged that terrorist threats have changed.

He said: “The threat of isolated actors is in addition to the pre-existing threats. This means that the resources of the police and security services are even more dispersed. “

Dr Dan Lomas, Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at Brunel University, also spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk.

He said: “Liaison and information sharing were up for debate during the Brexit negotiations, but the liaison between the security services is done without the EU and political systems, unlike the police.”

Dr Lomas also explained how different levels of intelligence have been affected by Brexit.

On this, he said: “The UK can bring a lot, but the impact of Brexit has only affected lower levels of security, for example in organized crime, but terrorism and larger events have always broader interests. “

The headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in London (Image: Getty)

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Government communications headquarters, UK listening post (Image: Getty)

The scan comes as a lone violent non-state actor attempted to cause significant damage in a taxi outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

The combination of a failed explosive device and the heroism of the driver, David Perry, prevented a more catastrophic outcome.

Dr Natalie James, head of the counter-extremism unit at the University of Leeds, agreed with Dr James that resource crunch was a major problem in the fight against terrorism.

She said: “Limited resources in terms of security arrangements, monitoring those who operate alone is much more complex, time consuming and frankly more difficult than those who operate in groups. “

Speaking of how technology has added to the dilemma, she said: “Online spaces add to the ease with which extremist ideologies, manifestos and terrorist guides can be found, and the gaps between national law and law. Regulation of transnational social media companies make it very difficult to create laws around online content.

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The queen during a recent visit to the security services (MI5) (Image: Getty)

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Forensic scientists at the scene of the recent Liverpool attack (Image: Getty)

Questions have been raised about how the UK is better able to protect itself in light of recent events.

Education and integration have emerged as the key factors in preventing terrorism in the UK.

However, with increasingly tight budgets, Dr Adrian James expressed the advantages of reaching out, but the disadvantages of financial support to do so.

He said: “We need PREVENT or something that would probably look like that. I am concerned that the budget cuts have had an impact on the reach of policing in communities. Definitely, something that needs to be reviewed.

The government’s PREVENT strategy is to reduce the terrorist threat to the UK by preventing people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

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Timeline of the Liverpool bombing (Image: Daily Express)

In addition to the notion that education is the best method to detect, deter and disrupt terrorism, Dr Natalie James also touched on the notion of stopping hate.

She said: “Education is fundamental to the challenges we face regarding extremism and terrorism, but also more broadly around division and hatred.

She added: “Education is a space for the development of skills in critical thinking, media literacy, communication and community building – all of which I believe are the foundations of individuals who , when they come across problematic ideas – whether related to extremism online, hatred in their communities, headlines that divide the media or whatever – are able to pause and think critically on what they see and hear, rather than just accepting what they are told.

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problems that security services now face, particularly as increased online traffic has become the norm during the lockdown.

Many suggest that mental health issues become more apparent during the lockdown, and therefore have seen many turn to more extremist views.

Speaking about the problem that this causes to counterterrorism and extremism, Dr Natalie James said: During the pandemic, so-called radicalization processes have an impact.

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Low-level crime prevention will be most affected by Brexit (Image: Getty)

She also said: “We also know that radicalizers and so-called extremist narratives are safely hiding on some online platforms and research has shown how easy it is for people to move from mainstream platforms to niches. where these narratives can be extremely problematic and worrying. “

In conclusion, she said: “These two things together have almost certainly provided more easily accessible spaces where extreme narratives are readily available for those who are vulnerable to clinging to this kind of rhetoric. “

Dr Adrian James also said: “I think there is now enough evidence to say that the World Wide Web offers many new opportunities. “

In light of the recent Liverpool incident, the government has raised the level of security threat from substantial to serious, meaning an attack is “very likely”.

Britain has seen various forms of violent non-state actors perform on their land, and the methodology has changed over the decades.

With Britain claiming to be a multicultural society, the notion of education, integration and prudence is essential to prevent further acts.

Now that the UK is outside the European Union, some have called on Britain to join Europol in order to share intelligence.

Yet on a larger scale, the British security services still like to share intelligence with their allies.


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