Clause 53 - Presumed consent to other

Part of Extradition Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 14 January 2003.

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Photo of Boris Johnson Boris Johnson Conservative, Henley 11:00, 14 January 2003

I want only to ask the Minister whether mutual recognition is the right term to apply in this case. Mutual recognition, as customarily used in the European Union context, means that a widget in this country is accepted as a standard in another EU country, and vice versa. What principle of legal philosophy does the Minister rely on to decide that mutual recognition should apply exclusively to what is deemed to be criminal? Why does it not apply to what is deemed not to be criminal?