February 18, 2014
The European Union (EU) is set to debate the little-mentioned European Investigation Order (EIO) next Tuesday, a measure which would purportedly combat cross-border crime by allowing EU countries to issue requests for evidence held in other Member States.
The EIO will allow EU countries to monitor bank accounts and tap phone conversations of British citizens who are suspected of crimes committed in foreign jurisdictions. It would also enable covert surveillance and financial investigation. Critics argue that the EIO represents a fundamental threat to the rule of law and the national sovereignty of Member States.
UK law officials will be powerless to refuse EIO requests from other countries, and the burden of cost for the requests are to be borne by the recipient of the request, meaning that even for frivolous cases, the British taxpayer would be liable.
Alan Murad, Acting Campaign Manager of the anti-Brussels think-tank Get Britain Out, said: “The EU has an incredible appetite for intruding on the sovereignty of nations and people’s liberties alike. These proposals are a fundamental threat to the rule of law; and a disturbing signpost for the direction the EU is going.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm