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Mike asks Home Secretary about implications of Brexit on European arrest warrant system

Earlier this week Mike Gapes MP asked Theresa May, The Secretary of State for the Home Department, about the implications of a brexit vote on the European arrest warrant system.

Transcript 06/06/2016 --

Mike Gapes: The Home Secretary mentioned the European arrest warrant. If we voted to leave the European Union, what would happen to the implementation of the European arrest warrant system, and would it make it more difficult or easier to get people back from other countries when we want to imprison them in this country for crimes committed here?

Theresa May: I think the European arrest warrant is a very useful tool for us to access as a member of the European Union. That is why, when we considered the justice and home affairs opt-in/opt-out decision, I proposed to the House that we should go back into the European arrest warrant system, and the House voted to do so unanimously. If we were not a member of the European Union, we would have to negotiate alternative arrangements, but that might not be possible with every country. For example, some member states of the European Union will not allow the extradition of their nationals to countries other than members of the European Union.

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