Saturday 24 March 2018

Arresting issue as Britain bids to send Irish prisoners home

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."

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