Theresa May and David Cameron are gambling with Britain's security to appease their own backbenchers

Published at: April 23, 2013 9:56 AM

Commenting on the embargoed Lords EU Committee report on EU police and criminal justice measures;

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said:

“This report shows in great detail how the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister are willing to gamble with Britain’s security to appease the Conservative Party’s Euroscepticism.

“The Government is putting internal party politics ahead of the security of the country and justice for victims.

“For Theresa May to be pursuing a plan which, in the Committee’s words, ‘would have significant adverse negative repercussions for the internal security of the United Kingdom’ is a shameful dereliction of her office and duty to the public. She needs to think again.

“The report comprehensively rebuts all the arguments put forward by the Government for opting out, including the jurisdiction of the European Courts of Justice and defunct measures that are no longer of use.

“At a time when cross border crime is a growing problem and cross border security threats remain significant it is completely irresponsible for Theresa May to be making it harder for the police to cooperate with forces abroad. And it undermines justice for victims if Britain cannot send foreign criminals home to stand trial or bring wanted criminals back to Britain to face justice.

“The Committee agrees that scrapping the European Arrest Warrant would be a spectacular own goal – as Labour has argued for many months.

“The Government should heed this report and start being upfront with the British public and to Parliament. Their plan would cost money, make the current system more cumbersome, and potentially put the safety of the public at risk.”

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