On 19 June, the House of Commons Library published a briefing paper about this Bill which would provide a new power of arrest for the purposes of extradition following a request from certain specified countries. It was introduced in the House of Lords in January 2020. It is due to have Second Reading in the House of Commons on 22 June. The Bill would amend the Extradition 2003 to provide police with the power to arrest without a warrant for the purposes of extradition. According to the Government this is necessary to address a capability gap that exists at present where the police become aware of a person wanted by a non-EU territory, usually through the system of Interpol alerts, but are unable to arrest them without obtaining a warrant from a court. This gives rise to a risk that the wanted person might abscond or offend before the police are able to detain them. Currently the Bill only applies to extradition requests from certain non-EU countries: Australia, Canada, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Switzerland and the USA – said to be countries with which the UK has a “high level of confidence”. The Government has said the power could be extended to EU countries if the UK lost access to the European Arrest Warrant.
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