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What future for the European arrest warrant in the UK

A reform of the system would be best achieved through working with other member states to drive up criminal justice standards across Europe, argues Thomas Garner

20 November 2013

Under protocol 36 to the EU Treaties the UK has until 31 May 2014 to opt-out from approximately 130 EU policing and criminal justice (PCJ) measures adopted before the Treaty of Lisbon. On 15 October 2012, Teresa May announced that the government's "current thinking" was to exercise the opt-out (Oral Ministerial Statement regarding European Justice and Home Affairs Powers by the Home Secretary, HC Deb 15 October 2012).

This is an all or nothing decision. If the government does not opt-out these measures will become subject to the Court of Justice of the European Union and the enforcement powers of the European Commission on 1 December 2014. However, the government recognises that some of these measures are useful to have and so intends to immediately opt-in to 35 of the current measures (Decision pursuant to Article 10 of Protocol 36 to The Treaty on th...

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