Joanna Farrands considers whether Brexit will result in abducted children being left stranded overseas

There is considerable concern among family law practitioners that parents whose ex-partners have removed their children from the UK and taken them to an EU country may lack legal protection after Brexit.

Currently, child abduction falls under the headings of kidnapping and false imprisonment, which are common law offences. It is worthy of note that there is a proposal to change this into statutory criteria to frame the offence in a more modern language. The proposal is that both of these are replaced with two new statutory offences: false imprisonment will be prosecuted as unlawful detention and kidnapping will become a statutory offence based on the use or threat of ...

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