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The EU Sub-Committee on Justice, Institutions and Consumer Protection and the EU Sub-Committee on Home Affairs, Health and Education conducted a joint inquiry into the UK’s 2014 opt-out decision. The report was published on 23 April 2013. The inquiry was re-opened on 18 July 2013 and a follow-up report was published on 31 October 2013. Both reports were debated in the House of Lords on 23 January 2014.
Protocol 36 of the Treaty of Lisbon allows the Government to decide, by 31 May 2014, whether the UK should continue to be bound by approximately 130 police and criminal justice (PCJ) measures, which would all become subject to the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Commission’s enforcement powers, or if it should exercise its right to opt-out of them all. Either scenario would then take effect from 1 December 2014. The Government has undertaken to organise a debate and a vote in each House before a decision is made.
The Government’s announcement by the Home Secretary on 9 July 2013 provided a list of the 35 measures that the Government would seek to rejoin should the opt-out be exercised. The announcement and the absence of this list of measures during the Committee’s original inquiry has prompted the decision to reopen the inquiry to further scrutinise these developments.
The Government responded to the Committee's report on 23 July 2013
A seminar was held on Wednesday 26 June 2013.
Lords EU Sub-Committees publish report
The joint Committee continues to gather evidence for the 2014 Opt-Out Decision inquiry
The joint Committees continue to gather evidence for the 2014 Opt-Out Decision from senior EU figures in Brussels
Representatives from Justice Across Borders, Open Europe, JUSTICE, Fair Trials International and Centre for European Reform to be quizzed by the joint Lords Committee on the Opt-Out Decision
QC gives evidence to the Lords on Opt-Out from EU Policing and Crime
Lords Committee to inquire into the UK’s opt-out from EU policing and crime measures
EU Sub-Committee E and F are currently conducting a joint follow-up inquiry on the UK’s 2014 opt-out decision (Protocol 36).
The Members of the Sub-Committees have declared the following interests in relation to this inquiry:
Members are required to register any financial and non-financial interests that a reasonable member of the public might think would influence their actions in Parliament. The full text of the Register is available online: