Save British justice

Save British justice, by Christopher Gill, former British MP.

[I]n November 2014 the government led by David Cameron … reconfirmed Britain’s support for the iniquitous European Arrest Warrant (EAW).

The power that he gratuitously and wantonly gave away to the totalitarian European Union is the power of the state to deprive its citizens of their liberty – in other words, the ultimate power of statehood – and he gave it away to a group of nations whose criminal justice systems, with the honourable exceptions of Ireland and Malta, are totally alien to our own and whose shameful record of incarcerating entirely innocent people speaks for itself.

The learned opinion of Jonathan Fisher QC is that the EAW negates the law of habeas corpus … [which] prevented the powers-that-be from arresting a suspect unless, within 24 hours, they could produce evidence, in open court, that the accused had in fact committed an offence and were thus able to charge him or her accordingly.

The UK’s legal system is quite different from Continental justice:

All the defences and protections against false accusation, arbitrary arrest and wrongful imprisonment, that have historically been enjoyed by defendants in the UK and other common law countries, such as trial by jury; the presumption of innocence; the right to silence; the inadmissibility of hearsay evidence; the withholding of the defendant’s previous convictions; press reporting restrictions and (until recently) protection against double jeopardy; not to mention the aforesaid law of habeas corpus, are virtually unknown in continental Europe.

The EU’s concept of a just and equitable criminal justice system is their embryonic corpus juris which mirrors the criminal justice systems extant on the continent, modelled upon the “Code Napoléon” with its roots in the Inquisition and certainly not, as with our own system, with its roots in Magna Carta.