US and UK ‘will share spies’ under security deal agreed by Home Secretary Priti Patel on visit to Washington
- Priti Patel held talks yesterday with US Secretary of State for Homeland Security
- They agreed new security measures in a bid to step up the fight against terror
- Will see more British and US spies embedded in each others’ security agencies
Priti Patel agreed new security measures with the United States last night in a bid to step up the fight against terror.
The Home Secretary announced closer co-operation with America following a high-level meeting with U.S. Secretary of State for Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.
It will include a deal to embed more British spies in U.S. agencies, and vice versa, the Mail understands.
Priti Patel agreed new security measures with the United States last night in a bid to step up the fight against terror
Officials said the new agreement would help the UK and U.S ‘deliver maximum impact in the global fight against terror’.
Miss Patel said in Washington last night: ‘For decades the UK and US have been the pillars of strength in the fight against global terrorism.
‘Time and time again that co-operation has kept our citizens safe and protected the freedoms we hold dear.
‘That partnership is more important today than it has ever been as the threats we face both at home and from abroad become more complex and rapidly evolve.
‘I will always do everything in my power to keep our citizens safe, and through deepening our co-operation with the US, the streets of Britain will be more secure.’
There will be further joint work on tackling threats online, including terrorism and child sexual abuse.
Miss Patel and Mr Mayorkas also discussed the dangers posed by social media giants’ plans for ‘end to end encryption’.
British intelligence agencies have previously said the proposals will make it harder for them to gather information on extremists and serious criminals who use social media platforms to plan atrocities and other crimes, including sex abuse.