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UK to seek alternative fast-track extradition mechanisms to replace EAW

The UK is seeking fast-track extradition arrangements after its access to the European Arrest Warrant ends, in a move that may also have implications here.

The EAW has helped bring criminals including failed 21/7 London tube bomber Hussain Osman to justice.

The EAW mechanism applies in Gibraltar too and has been used on numerous here, both to extradite criminals wanted by other jurisdictions and to have offenders returned to the Rock.

And, on Tuesday, the Minister of State for security at the Home Office, James Brockenshire, indicated that any new extradition arrangements could also be applied here.

In a written answer to a question filed specifically about Gibraltar’s access to a framework similar to the EAW, Mr Brockenshire reiterated that Gibraltar is an “integral part” of the UK’s negotiations with the EU.

He also restated that the UK is not seeking to participate in the EAW as part of its future relationship with the EU.

He said: “The agreement should instead provide for fast-track extradition arrangements, based on the EU’s Surrender Agreement with Norway and Iceland which came into force in 2019, but with appropriate further safeguards for individuals beyond those in the European Arrest Warrant.”