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Thursday, 5 October 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

5.1. Enhanced cooperation: European Public Prosecutor's Office (A8-0290/2017 - Barbara Matera)
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  Daniel Hannan (ECR ). – Mr President, supporters of this proposal tell us that crime does not recognise national borders. They say this as though it were an original insight. Of course crime crosses borders, and for many years democratic nation states have collaborated without supranational institutions. We have the Hague Convention; we have Interpol; we have extradition treaties; we recognise time spent in another country’s prison.

This is not about cooperation; this is about the creation of a federal legal system and a federal prosecution service, giving the European Union the ultimate attribute of statehood, namely the ability to use coercive force against its own citizens. Yes, sure, starting with questions like fraud against the EU budget and racketeering is just the way the FBI and the federal prosecutors started in the United States. However, the eventual aim is of course for it to become the basis of a legal system for a country called Europe.

We absolutely believe in cooperation in the field of crime and policing. After the United Kingdom has left, you will be able to rely on our continued collaboration, but this is exactly why we are leaving.

Last updated: 18 December 2017Legal notice