MPs took part in a debate in the House of Commons on Monday 7 April 2014 on the United Kingdom’s 2014 justice and home affairs opt-out decision.
The motion for debate was moved by Home Secretary Theresa May. Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, responded on behalf of the Opposition.
UK’s 2014 Justice and Home Affairs opt-out decision
In September 2012, the Prime Minister announced that the Government intended to exercise the right conferred exclusively on the UK by the Lisbon Treaty to opt out of EU police and criminal justice measures adopted before that Treaty entered into force on 1 December 2009.
The Government’s decision on the block opt-out will determine the extent to which two EU institutions – the Commission and Court of Justice – will have a role in overseeing the application of pre-Lisbon EU criminal law and policing measures in the UK.
The EU Council must be notified about the block opt-out decision by 31 May 2014, with the decision taking effect in December 2014.
The following select committee reports and government responses were identified as relevant to the debate:
European Scrutiny Committee Report and Government Response
Home Affairs Committee Report and Government Response
Justice Committee Report and Government Response
Joint Report from Committees
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This note was prepared for the parliamentary debate on 15 July 2013.
A general debate is held under a motion that the House has considered the subject. A motion expressed in neutral terms like this cannot be amended. It would be very unusual for a vote to take place on such a motion.
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