June 19, 2018 1:46 PM

European Arrest Warrant is at Risk Says Barnier

Michel Barnier said this morning in a that there would be no UK access to EU-only police databases after Brexit.  In response, Best for Britain champion Virendra Sharma MP said:

“Organised crime and criminals do not stop at the cliffs of Dover. 

"We need to have mechanisms to bring people to justice otherwise criminals will have a free for all.”

“For all these supposedly ‘law and order’ Conservatives, to turn their backs on crucial systems like the European Arrest Warrant shows how determined they are to pull up the drawbridge. They seem to want to go back to the bad old days of the Costa del Crime.”

"Official figures released to Best for Britain show that European Arrest Warrants issued by the UK Government have led to 121 arrests for child sex offences, 85 arrests for rape, 181 arrests for drug trafficking, 61 for murder and 4 terror-related arrests since 2009."

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

Notes to Editors - Data released to Best for Britain shows that since 2009 the European Arrest Warrant has been used the following times:
 
Part 3 EAWs - Fiscal Year 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 Total
Requests 238 241 252 244 230 223 241 345 2,014
Arrests 142 150 148 133 170 161 150 196 1,250
Surrenders 110 130 144 123 140 142 112 178 1,079

Michel Barnier's speech this morning can be found here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-18-4213_en.htm. 

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