European Arrest Warrants

Home Office written question – answered on 12th December 2018.

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Photo of Lord Bowness Lord Bowness Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether continued UK participation in the European Arrest Warrant is subject to the outcome of future negotiations; and which countries currently have legislative or constitutional restrictions on extradition to countries outside the EU.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The UK is seeking a comprehensive security relationship which preserves mutually important operational capabilities whilst allowing the UK and EU to continue to work together to combat fast evolving security threats.

The Political Declaration, published on 26 November 2018, unequivocally recognises that both the UK and the EU need a strong future relationship on internal security given the shared threats we face, our geographical proximity, and the need to continue to protect all of our citizens from harm. The text specifically reflects that the UK and EU have agreed extradition as a priority area for our future cooperation.

It will be for Member States to determine how they implement their rights and obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement or, in a no deal scenario, how they operate the 1957 European Convention on Extradition.

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