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Losing our sovereignty to the EU

Because of a new European Union law, a man is sitting in a British jail for an offense that is not a crime in Britain, said Philip Johnston in <em>The Daily Telegraph.</em>

Philip JohnstonThe Daily Telegraph

A man is sitting in a British jail for an offense that is not a crime in Britain, said Philip Johnston. We have the EU to thank for this travesty of justice. Gerald Töben, an Australian teacher, is wanted in Germany for “Holocaust denial,” because he posted some writings on the Internet, where they could be read by Germans. Denying the historical fact that the Nazis murdered millions of Jews may be idiotic and reprehensible, but it is a “thought crime,” and hence no crime at all in Britain—or Australia, for that matter. But under a new EU law, Britain was required to serve the German arrest warrant against Töben. “It used to be a fundamental protection in British law” that nobody could be arrested here for violating the laws of another country. No longer. Many EU countries don’t even have habeas corpus, so we could find ourselves extraditing people “without any prima facie evidence that a crime has been committed.” Back in 2005, when the Europe-wide arrest warrant was created, our government assured us it would not be abused. But “if a foreign national can be detained in prison for something that is neither a crime in his own country nor in this one, there is clearly something seriously amiss.”

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