Government's 2014 opt-in list does not go far enough, says Lords
Following an inquiry undertaken jointly by two of its Sub-Committees, the House of Lords EU Committee has today published its follow-up report on the UK's 2014 Opt-out decision regarding 130 EU crime and policing measures.
The Committees have concluded that the Government should seek to rejoin the 35 measures that have already been identified, but that it should also seek to rejoin an additional set of measures:
- implementing measures related to Europol's continued operation;
- the Framework Decision on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law
- the European Judicial Network;
- the European Probation Order; and
- the Convention of Driving Disqualifications.
Lord Hannay, Chairman of the Home Affairs, Health and Education EU Sub-Committee, said:
“The Committees are in agreement with the Government and this House that it is in the UK's national interest to seek to rejoin the 35 measures the Government has identified. However, we consider that the UK should also seek to rejoin a small number of additional measures because of possible substantive and reputational damage that definitively opting out of them could bring.
“For example, having established the UK as being at the forefront of tackling racist and xenophobic hate crimes, by not opting back into the Framework Decision, we risk significantly damaging our standing in this.
The session will be webcast at www.parliamentlive.tv and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament's Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.