Brexit LIVE: Bitter bloc takes latest swipe at UK as 20 states break away from agreement

Farage says he agrees with Barnier on European Arrest Warrant

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And lawyers fear the move could result in soaring British prison populations in a major new blow for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In total, ten countries, including France and Germany, have ruled out extraditions completely, two will only allow them if the individual in question agrees, while another eight are insisting on other restrictions.

The changes reflect the fact the UK is no longer a part of the European Arrest Warrant scheme, meaning each individual member of the EU27 now sets its own policy when it comes to extradition.

As a result, Germany, Greece, France, Croatia, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden have said they will not hand over suspects.

The Czech Republic and Austria will do so only with the suspect’s agreement.

Eight other nations apply their own restrictions, meaning only Belgium, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Malta will continue to allow unfettered extradition.

By contrast, the UK continues to permit the extradition of EU suspects going the other way.

The imbalance raises the prospect of judges refusing to bail suspects who are also EU nationals as a result of concerns about them fleeing the country and not being forced to return.

A Home Office spokesman said: “The UK agreed a comprehensive security agreement with the EU, which includes streamlined extradition arrangements.

“Some EU Member States have long-held constitutional bars against the extradition of their own nationals to non-EU countries, which is why we negotiated a specific agreement which allows for offenders to face justice via another route, even where a country will not extradite their own national.

“It is the UK’s longstanding policy not to distinguish between UK nationals and others in extradition proceedings in order to ensure individuals can be brought to justice.”

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7.40am update: Countries threaten to block extraditions to UK

EU countries are threatening to restrict or block the extradition of suspected criminals to the UK who are also citizens of their own countries in a move which would create a major law enforcement headache.

And lawyers fear the move could result in soaring British prison populations in a major new blow for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In total, ten countries, including France and Germany, have ruled out extraditions completely, two will only allow them if the individual in question agrees, while another eight are insisting on other restrictions.

The changes reflect the fact the UK is no longer a part of the European Arrest Warrant scheme, meaning each individual member of the EU27 now sets its own policy when it comes to extradition.

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