Arresting issue as Britain bids to send Irish prisoners home
Published 09/02/2012 | 05:00
A group of Conservative Party MPs want all Irish convicts in British prisons sent back to Ireland and incarcerated at the expense of the Irish taxpayer.
EU member states recently agreed a prisoner transfer deal which would see offenders deported to their native countries -- but Ireland negotiated an opt-out with the Gordon Brown government.
Now some Tory backbenchers are calling for that opt-out to be scrapped, with MP Andrew Percy stating: "There should be no EU prisoners in British prisons. They should be in prisons in their own countries, being paid for by their own taxpayers."