Monday 21 April 2014

Shatter: Only criminals will benefit if Britain leaves EU

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD
Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD

JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter says only terrorists and criminals will profit from less cooperation in policing if Britain leave the EU.

Mr Shatter warned the withdrawal of Britain would be a “retrograde step in the area of security cooperation”.

“There are a large number of areas of police and judicial cooperation which could be negatively impacted by such a move. Some of the areas of cooperation are critical to the effective countering of terrorism and cross border criminality,” he said.

The minister added the European Arrest Warrant is the most obvious example.

Mr Shatter said areas of cooperation would be adversely affected by any withdrawal of Britain from EU police and judicial cooperation measures.

“It is, in my view, entirely inconceivable that such areas of cooperation should cease. Who is likely to benefit most from such a situation?

“It is clear that only the terrorists and criminals will profit from the legal gap which would prevent the Gardaí and the courts from facilitating the effective investigation of offences or the bringing of people to justice in the appropriate jurisdiction.

Irish Independent

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