MPs demand opt-outs debate


By Joshua.Chambers

03 Apr 2014

Three Commons committees have joined forces to condemn the government for not offering a debate in the House of Commons on desired opt-outs from EU justice reforms before negotiations have begun.

The Home Affairs, Justice and European Scrutiny Committees have put out a joint response saying “the House should have an opportunity to have a debate – and vote – on which measures the UK should seek to rejoin before negotiations begin. Presentation of a done-deal, once the negotiation process has been completed, is a poor substitute.”

The committees said they would seek a Parliamentary debate: “Government’s intransigence leaves us with no other option”.

The Home Office and Ministry of Justice had not commented by the time that CSW went to press.

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