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Crime Fighting Within the EU: Why Should the UK Stay in Europe?

New page! "Crime Fighting Within the EU: Why Should the UK Stay in Europe?"

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Intro: European Union bodies such as Eurojust and Europol help us easily work with all other EU countries to combat terrorism and "to tackle international organised crime such as drug smuggling, people trafficking and money laundering". The EU is uniquely placed to be able to monitor terrorists' financial transactions, international fraud and the movement of criminals from country to country. The European Arrest Warrant simplified the system for the UK to reach into Europe to prosecute criminals and sped up the process from a year to just 48 days on average. Likewise as a member of the EU it is easier for other countries to extradite their criminals from the UK so they can face justice at their home countries' expense. In 2014, the UK made more requests for European Arrest Warrants than any other EU member, and we are also the 4th largest user of Eurojust, requesting 107 cases. A head of the UK's Association of Chief Police Officers warns that if we left the EU "criminals would see Britain as a safe haven ... as it would take longer to extradite them". And a former head of the Crown Prosecution Service in the UK says "we rely very heavily on the EU criminal justice measures [especially with] terrorism, people trafficking, cyber-crime, sexual exploitation, trafficking of children and paedophilia". The ability for EU member states to share information and co-ordinate responses in several countries at once is "vital to the UK's security". The more support we give the EU, the better its crime-fighting ability is, and, the more we get out of it in return, as one of the heaviest users of EU's judicial services. There are many such hidden benefits to being a member of the European Union.

Tags: brexit, eec, eu, eurojust, europe, european arrest warrent, european union, europol, politics, uk
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