October 17, 2012
Despite advice from academics, lawyers, the police and the wider British security establishment the Government is putting party politics above the national interest and the country’s ability to deal with cross-border crime and terrorism.
She has miscalculated two factors though: the diplomatic and administrative complications involved in such a move. Firstly, a renegotiation is not guaranteed to deliver the desired result. Britain has been running out of friends, thanks to Conservative grandstanding in Brussels and at home. It is by no means certain that Britain will be able to simply opt back in, our EU partners might wish to win concessions in return of allowing us the privilege of participating to the measures we consider beneficial; concessions on areas that are important to Britain. It is self-defeating to have to give things up just to regain access to something that it was ours all along. Secondly, there are considerable costs that will need to be incurred as a result of this decision, which are not negligible and will not be covered by our European partners. The Government will have to explain why it is prepared to go through the expense of opting in to something it decided to opt out from.
The UK’s Right to Opt Out of EU Crime and Policing Laws in 2014 – Fair Trials International
Britain and Europe: posture first, think later – The Guardian
Taxpayer faces multi-million pound bill as Theresa May details plans to opt out of 130 EU measures on law and order – Independent