Removal of Foreign National Offenders and EU Prisoners

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:35 pm on 6th June 2016.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Secretary of State for the Home Department 3:35 pm, 6th June 2016

I think the European arrest warrant is a very useful tool for us to access as a member of the European Union. That is why, when we considered the justice and home affairs opt-in/opt-out decision, I proposed to the House that we should go back into the European arrest warrant system, and the House voted to do so unanimously. If we were not a member of the European Union, we would have to negotiate alternative arrangements, but that might not be possible with every country. For example, some member states of the European Union will not allow the extradition of their nationals to countries other than members of the European Union.