Plans by the Tory-Lib Dem Coalition Government to opt-out of 130 EU police and criminal justice measures will weaken the fight against crime and “put the safety of Welsh communities at risk” according to Welsh Labour MEP, DEREK VAUGHAN.
Following the publication of a report by the House of Lords EU Committee earlier this week that said that ministers had failed to make a convincing case for the opt-outs and such a move could have “negative repercussions” for the UK, Mr Vaughan has warned that the ending of EU-wide co-operation would have devastating effects on our criminal justice and policing systems.
Speaking from his constituency office he said:
"Cross-border crime is on the increase and it is often the case that the investigation of serious, organised crime can involve several countries at one. At a time, when the need for international co-operation to keep people safe is increasing, the dangerous Eurosceptic influence engulfing the government’s decision making is getting in the way of common sense thinking.
Included in this mass opt-out would be the European Arrest Warrant which has reduced extradition times from several months to forty-eight hours, the sharing of suspects’ DNA profiles and fingerprints and joint programmes of working in areas such as terrorism, human trafficking and football hooliganism. All of these play a vital role in tackling crime and keeping the country safe and secure.
The House of Lords Report details the complete lack of research and clarity behind Theresa May’s proposals which will, if they come to fruition, put the safety of Welsh communities at risk. The coalition government needs to listen to the Police, the Law Society and others and go back to the drawing board on this one."