McArthur: Officers reveal Brexit strain on police force budgets

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today warned that police resources are being stretched to their limits because of the threat of a no deal Brexit, as senior officers warned that preparations would take their toll on police budgets.

At today’s Scottish Police Authority meeting, police bosses warned of “acute imminent pressure” on police budgets as a result of the additional planning necessitated by the possibility of a no deal Brexit. Chief Constable Iain Livingstone also warned that Police Scotland is planning for up to 400 officers to be deployed to deal with the consequences of Brexit.

Mr McArthur said:

“Police are planning for a worst case scenario which is looming ever closer. Not only is this taking up many hours of police time but it is putting ever greater strain on threadbare police budgets.

“Much of this pressure could be eliminated at the stroke of a pen by the Prime Minister ruling out no deal Brexit.

“Scottish Liberal Democrats have consistently been clear that Brexit is a threat to peace and security.

“Ministers must ensure that our police service has the support and resources that it needs and that they are making the case to their opposite numbers in London for additional Brexit support.”

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