In the following financial years, the numbers of British nationals requiring consular assistance after arrest in EU member states were:
This information was not collated on a central database before 2008. To break down the above figures into each EU member state would incur a disproportionate cost.
Supporting British nationals in difficulty around the world is a priority for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This support is explained in our publication ‘Support for British nationals abroad: A guide’, available on the FCO website at:
When British nationals are arrested, our role is to provide information about the local legal system, including the availability of local English-speaking lawyers, and to support the welfare of the detainee.