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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04271: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 1 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether Police Scotland would continue to have access to the European Arrest Warrant system post-Brexit.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 10 November 2016

The Scottish Government is clear that, if we leave the EU without putting successor arrangements in place for the European Arrest Warrant, the advantages of speed and the streamlined process that the European Arrest Warrant provides and which benefit all parties will be lost.

As I outlined in Parliament on 1 November, there is no current clarity on this matter. Arrangements relating to the European Arrest Warrant are reserved so it is a matter for the UK Government to ensure appropriate arrangements continue post-Brexit for Scotland as well as the rest of the UK.