Fri 28 Feb, 2020

The decision to withdraw from participation in the European Arrest Warrant is an act of gross stupidity that will prevent individuals access to justice, according to Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP. 



Mr Finnie, a former police officer, made the comments following the publication of a document setting out the UK’s approach to negotiations with the EU [1] that revealed the UK would not be seeking to participate in the European arrest warrant (EAW) as part of the future relationship with the European Union.



John Finnie MSP said: 



“Scotland has already been dragged out the EU by the Tories, against the will of the people who live here. Choosing to leave the EAW as well is an act of gross stupidity that will deny people access to justice. 



“It is disgraceful that Scotland’s independent justice system is being weakened by a Brexit project that the people of Scotland have rejected time and again. 



“Judicial co-operation across Europe works in all our interests, the fact that Boris Johnson would rip up this sensible arrangement to appease the Brexit fundamentalists on his backbenches sums up his priorities perfectly. 



“His Etonian arrogance is convincing more people everyday that Scotland’s future must be as an independent European nation.”

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