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Criminal Justice

When asked about whether the UK was prepared to give up its veto on EU matters related to the criminal justice system in favour of qualified majority voting, the PMOS said, as he had done previously, that today’s meeting was an informal meeting at which no decisions would be taken.

The first question to be asked is what is in the national interest. For example in certain areas the UK has cooperated in Europe on issues such as the European arrest warrant which allowed one of the July 21 suspects to be returned to the UK in 42 days rather than the normal 15 months; but in other areas where it is not believed to be in the UK’s interest then the Government has a veto. The important thing all along is that we will retain the right to ‘opt-in’ to anything which we believe to be in the interest of the UK and therefore we can chose what we believe that to be. Discussions will continue with our European colleagues but those discussions are at an early stage, not at the point of decisions.

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