Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:38 pm on 18th January 2017.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East 2:38 pm, 18th January 2017

It is a great pleasure to serve under the hon. Gentleman’s chairmanship of the Justice Committee. The point made in the intervention by David T. C. Davies, which is a cause of concern to me, is that sometimes countries in the EU issue their European arrest warrant for very minor offences. One example is an individual who had a warrant issued against him because he had stolen a bicycle. It is important that individual countries focus on the reasons why they take out their arrest warrants. I have always regarded it as very serious when a European arrest warrant issued; it is not appropriate for the minor offences that some countries use it for.