03 November 2017
Home Office papers on Justice and Home Affairs opt-in and Schengen opt-out protocols: background, decisions taken and scrutiny code of practice
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JHA opt-in and Schengen opt-out protocols(Home Office, link):
"The UKs participation in EU legislation on Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) is principally governed by protocols 19 and 21 to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, collectively often referred to as the Lisbon Treaty.
The background document covers:
The decision document describes JHA (Title V) opt-in and Schengen opt-out decisions taken between 1 December 2009 and the present. It lists the proposals, plus those the government is currently considering and those on which a decision is expected in the next few months.
The code of practice provides guidance for government officials on the handling of parliamentary scrutiny aspects of justice and home affairs opt-in and Schengen opt-out decisions. This code of practice outlines the actions government departments will take to ensure opt-in and Schengen opt-out decisions take into account the views of Parliament."
See: Analyses by Steve Peers: The UKs planned block opt -out from EU justice and policing measures in 2014(October 2012, pdf) and: The UK opt-out from Justice and Home Affairs law: the other Member States finally lose patience (March 2014, pdf)
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