UK to unveil plans for ending EU police co-operation

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Series Details 15.10.12
Publication Date 15/10/2012
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EUObserver reported that United Kindom Home Affairs minister Theresa May would say to the UK Parliament on the 15 October 2012 that the say the goverment was 'minded to' opt-out of some 130 EU justice and home affairs programmes.

The list included the European arrest warrant and the European criminal records information system, as well as future schemes to create an EU-level public prosecutor and a European investigation order, a protocol on EU countries' exchange of evidence in criminal cases.

Under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty, the UK had an option until 2014 to walk away from the laws but can subsequently ask member states to opt back in to some of them.

The FT reported that the move would be the first stage of what Prime Minister David Cameron hoped would be a new negotiated 'settlement' between Britain and the rest of the EU.

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