11 June 2018
East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson has said the safety and security of the United Kingdom must be a priority for any government. He was speaking ahead of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill coming before the House of Commons.
The DUP MP said, “One of the primary responsibilities of any government must be to keep its citizens safe. It is for that reason that the Democratic Unionist Party included issues of national security within the Confidence and Supply Agreement.
There are gaps within the United Kingdom’s counter-terrorism legislation and it is right that new legislation is being brought forward to ensure we can tackle the threats we currently face.
Previously in the United Kingdom the main terrorist threat was usually within Northern Ireland, but in 2017 there were 5 terrorist attacks in Great Britain. There were also 200 live operations conducted by security and intelligence agencies. It is right that we adapt to meet that evolving threat whilst ensuring that the more established terrorist threat still faced here in Northern Ireland is not ignored.
We have engaged with the PSNI about the situation here in Northern Ireland and how this legislation might impact upon that. As the Bill progresses through the House will monitor it closely to see if there are areas which need to be strengthened. It is vital that we have legislation which is fit for purpose and can stand up to the many challenges we face right across the UK.”