The EU arrest warrant

Yesterday the Commons voted on 11 of the 35 measures where the Coalition government intends to opt back in to EU jurisdiction. We were told by the Home Secretary that a vote on the 11 would be taken by the government to be a vote on all 35. If the government had lost the vote they would have dropped all 35.

I wished the government to negotiate an extradition agreement and related agreements with the rest of the EU as it has done with other countries, rather than opt in to these measures. I spoke against the government surrendering UK Parliamentary control over these criminal justice matters. I voted against the proposal on the 11 measures. The government won by 464 to 38 votes, with almost 150 MPs abstaining or not present.

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8 Comments

  1. me
    Posted November 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    How can you stand to remain in this party?

  2. me
    Posted November 11, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    “Prime Minister David Cameron has urged people to consider a tactical vote to stop UKIP winning the crucial Rochester and Strood by-election.”

    http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/pm-in-visit-26785/

    You belong to this party.

  3. Cliff. Wokingham.
    Posted November 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Thank you John for voting against the government yesterday.
    I am sure your vote expressed the opinion of the vast majority of us here in your constituency.

    There have been too many dark days in recent years, in relation to the death of democracy in our country but, yesterday the government sunk to a new low.

    Again, my thanks to you and the thirty seven others with a backbone, who put the needs of their country ahead of their party and personal career advancement.

    • Daisy
      Posted November 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

      I am not a constituent, but I would like to second everything Cliff has said.

  4. Bob
    Posted November 12, 2014 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    So your party leaders broke their promise to allow Parliament a vote on the European Arrest Warrant.

    Just between us, do you think they can be trusted on their EU Referendum pledge Mr Redwood?

    Reply Yes, of course. They offered us a vote on the implementation of the opt ins and said it was a vote on the whole package of opt ins.

  5. Narrow Shoulders
    Posted November 12, 2014 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Mr Redwood,

    You know better than us the influence you have within your party and why you remain within a collective that seems at odds with your musings on this site.

    You will appreciate that it is bemusing for those of us not in the loop. Your party no longer represents many of those who used to look to it to deliver the country we want.

  6. DaveM
    Posted November 12, 2014 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Are you and Jacob Rees-Mogg secretly subversives John?! Planted in the midst of those of us whose blue blood is fast getting dyed purple by your leader?

    Are you only here to keep people like us with a thread of hope that there are some real Tories left?!!

    Like those who have posted above, I’m beginning to wonder why else you’re still in the party!

  7. Lindsay McDougall
    Posted November 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Approval of 11 measures does not imply approval of 35 measures. Please support a judicial review – with the backing of the Speaker.

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    John Redwood won a free place at Kent College, Canterbury, and graduated from Magdalen College Oxford. He is a Distinguished fellow of All Souls, Oxford. A businessman by background, he has set up an investment management business, was both executive and non executive chairman of a quoted industrial PLC, and chaired a manufacturing company with factories in Birmingham, Chicago, India and China. He is the MP for Wokingham, first elected in 1987.

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