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Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:06 pm on 18th January 2017.

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Photo of James Berry James Berry Conservative, Kingston and Surbiton 3:06 pm, 18th January 2017

I am sure we will hear my right hon. Friend’s expertise in the defence field in a few moments. The starting point of the European arrest warrant system is that any country in it has a legal system that will give a British citizen a fair hearing, just as citizens of that country would have a fair hearing here. That is the starting assumption, and that was why the House approved our membership of the system. I accept that some people hold the view that my right hon. Friend describes—I mentioned that fact earlier—but, on balance, the majority of people in the House and in the country think that being a member of the European arrest warrant keeps us safer.