"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 9 August 2009

EU Arrest Warrant In Action

The EU extradition treaty means British Law no longer protects us and its implications are highlighted by the case of Andrew Symeou, the 20yr-old Londoner extradited to Greece

In 2001, when EU leaders gathered in Laeken, Belgium, to plan their next great leap forward to European integration – the ill-fated EU constitution – they also agreed on what they saw as another bold symbol of their wish to see Europe politically and legally united: the European Arrest Warrant. Fired by the events of 9/11, they agreed that the courts of any country could call on those of another to order the automatic extradition of anyone suspected of offences under 32 headings, with such crimes as terrorism, drug-running and "xenophobia" high on their list. Warning voices were raised at the time but these were dismissed as being an over-reaction.

Politicians of all stripes have steadfastly refused to get involved in Symeou's case and in June this year, when two High Court judges proposed that the case should go to the House of Lords because it raised legal issues of "public importance", the Law Lords refused to hear it because it did not raise "an arguable point of law of general public importance".

Brits at their Best spells out the differences between British and European Law and how our rights as British subjects are being systematically stripped away by the European Union.

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