The House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee has received a letter from Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP, Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, responding to the Committee’s letter about Article 168 of the draft Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU.
The Committee is concerned that if the Agreement is agreed as currently drafted, the article risks disrupting extradition to and from the UK during the transition phase.
In its initial letter, the Committee asked questions including:
- Has the Home Office assessed whether criminals might take advantage of Member States' ability to refuse to extradite their own nationals to the UK during the transition or implementation period, and return from the UK to those Member States in order to escape justice in the UK?
- What arrangements should apply if an arrest warrant were issued before Brexit day, but not yet executed?
- Have you made any assessments of which Member States would not extradite their own nationals during the transition or implementation period, and what affect this would have on the ability of the UK to extradite people from those countries?
The Committee received the response on 18 May.