Lords to investigate replacements for European Arrest Warrant after Brexit

28 March 2017


The House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee today launches its new inquiry - Criminal Justice Cooperation with the EU after Brexit: The European Arrest Warrant. The Committee will begin this work with two evidence sessions held on Wednesday 29 March when it will question legal experts.

The Committee's previous report Brexit: UK-EU security and police cooperation found that an operational gap between the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) ceasing to apply and a suitable replacement coming into force would pose an unacceptable risk to the UK.

This inquiry will investigate the options for replacing the EAW after the UK leaves the EU as a specific case study. The Committee will also assess how the Government’s intention to bring an end to the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the UK will affect the UK’s ability to sustain "deep cooperation" with the EU and its Member States in the fight against crime and terrorism.

Over the course of the inquiry the Committee will cover issues including:

  • What the transition to a new arrangement could look like
  • Whether an interim arrangement would be any easier to negotiate than a permanent replacement for the EAW
  • What a "bespoke" arbitration or dispute resolution mechanism, as envisaged by the Government, could look like in this area

At 10:30am the Committee will hear from:

  • The Rt Hon Professor Sir Francis Jacobs, Professor of Law, King's College London and former Advocate General, European Court of Justice
  • Professor Sir Alan Dashwood QC, Barrister, Henderson Chambers; Professor, City University; Emeritus Professor, Cambridge

At 11:30am the committee will then take evidence from:

  • Andrew Langdon, Chairman of the Bar, Bar Council
  • Dr Anna Bradshaw, Member of the Law Society’s EU Committee and Of Counsel, Peters and Peters Solicitors LLP
  • Rosemary Davidson, Barrister, 6KBW College Hill

The evidence session will start at 10:30am on Wednesday 29 March in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords.

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