Criminal Justice – further reasons to distance ourselves from the EU

On the day that voters in the UK go to the polls, the European Council has announced that 20 member states have agreed on the details for setting up the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.  (It is easier to list the non-signatories: Ireland, Malta, Poland, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands plus, of course, the UK.)

Plans for a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) go back to the 1990s as part of a proposal to address budgetary fraud in the European Union.  Indeed, today’s announcement from the European Council emphasised its determination to tackle fraud:- “The EPPO will have the authority, under certain conditions, to investigate and prosecute EU-fraud and other crimes affecting the Union’s financial interests. It will bring together European and national law-enforcement efforts to counter EU fraud.”

The EPPO would operate under a European legal framework based on the inquisitorial Napoleonic law principle and applicable in all member states. The setting up of a mechanism initially to prosecute individuals for one specific class of offences was seen, in a consultation document dating from 1997 as “the embryo of a future European criminal code.” In other words, it was to be the first step in the harmonisation of legal systems across the member states.

Although the UK is leaving the EU, these developments are of more than academic interest. The EPPO will be empowered to issue European Arrest Warrants against people in the UK, as confirmed by the QC’s Opinion commissioned by Christopher Gill and Stuart Wheeler. The EPPO chief will surely be a political nominee (beholden to the Commission, doubtless), and can thus be used, on ostensibly “financial-crime” pretexts, to arrest and incarcerate political opponents of the EU project.

If we are to keep our distances from the EPPO, it is therefore more important than ever for us to dissociate ourselves from the European Arrest Warrant.

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John Petley

John Petley

John Petley is Operations Manager for Campaign for an Independent Britain

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  1. Adam HileyReply

    When Mrs May likely wins the Election with a 80 to 100 seat majority there must be pressure on Her to just withdraw Britain from both the EU & ECHR with immediate effect We do not need European Union anymore they need us

  2. veraReply

    I seem to remember a woman being employed in the EU to root out financial fraud and when she became too good at her job she was sacked, by I seem to remember, Neil Kinnock. She subsequently wrote a book about the obstructions EU functionaries put in her way to prevent her doing the job she was employed to do. Makes me wonder how many other jobs in the EU are there in name only since the EU really do not want them to carry out their duties, but just to put on a show of efficiency and accountability . The lady in question had a Swedish type name, first name beginning with M, sorry I can’t remember it, but I did read her book and was appalled.

  3. StephenReply

    That was Marta Andreason, not sure about the spelling. It was Neil Kinnock that sacked her eventually. Another person sacked for criticising was Bernard Connolly the former Senior Economist for the EU. His book, “The Rotten Heart of Europe” is well worth reading for the comments about the ECJ.

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