In The Press
BNE Chairman in the Evening Standard - The Justice and Home Affairs opt-out
16 October 2012
Letter from Roland Rudd, Chairman, Business for New Europe published in the Evening Standard, 16th October 2012:
IT is odd that the Government would risk endangering public safety by announcing its intention to opt out of the European Arrest Warrant.
Many fraudsters and criminals convicted of other offences have been brought back from Spain to face justice in the UK using the warrant. The warrant enabled 21/7 bomber Hussain Osman, now serving a 40-year jail term, to be extradited back to the UK after he fled to Rome.
The EAW is far from perfect and needs reform but using it as a political football undermines our national security and reduces our ability to negotiate credibly on other issues with our EU partners.
Roland Rudd, Chairman, Business for New Europe