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Justice Select Committee: Impact of Brexit on Justice

In an exasperating Justice Select Committee this week we had the Justice Minister before us to answer our concerns about the impacts of Brexit on the justice system.

Before the scrutinising of the Minister we heard evidence from the Bar Council, QCs and others on their concerns – especially over the European Arrest Warrant.

It has become clear that the UK Government is accepting that the European Court of Justice will still have supreme judicial oversight in EU law so I wanted to know what would happen if an EU national fought UK legal action – say extradition through the European Arrest Warrant.

The Minister didn’t know. So I asked what risk analysis have they undertaken and what information are they sharing with the legal profession on issues such as this. The Minister stated that the Ministry of Justice has not undertaken such action – instead hoping that the Home Office would.

This is completely unacceptable. We leave the EU on the 29 March 2019 and the UK Government have still to figure out what the impact will be on our justice system. Loss of the European Arrest Warrant would undermine our polices ability to keep us safe. The lack of briefings to QCs and legal professionals means they will be unable to make the right decisions on law and order. All in all this Justice Committee session raised more concerns than answers.