Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant

Part of Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:00 pm on 11th September 2018.

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Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security) 7:00 pm, 11th September 2018

I would say to them and to anyone else that the first duty of a Government is security, and it is absolutely important that we maintain that. The message to Michel Barnier is that security is not a competition; it is a partnership. I hope he will reflect that in his negotiations with this country, but I do not believe that putting it on the face of primary legislation is the best way to go about it, especially as it is our Government’s ask to the European Union on that issue. I therefore urge Nick Thomas-Symonds to withdraw his new clause.