Yesterday was in some respects different to last year, in that it snowed, however in some other respects completely the same, namely that Abu Qatada had won his latest appeal against the UK Government adding more to the bill for UK Tax Payers.
In a 10 year legal battle that has seen Mr Qatada receive over £500,000 support in legal aid, and over £5m to keep a watch on him whilst out on bail, the UK Government and Tax payer are starting to lose their patience with the apparent inability to deport someone who has been deemed to be a threat to national security.
Firstly lets get one thing straight (and as a law student I am bound to say this really), the lawyers who represent Mr Qatada are doing their job, and as I have explained in a previous blog post, the foundation which our criminal system is built on is worth defending, and not Mr Qatada himself.
The reason why Mr Qatada is still in the UK is down to an act of Parliament entitled ‘The Human Rights Act‘ which ultimately signs over our ability to legislate on matters which are deemed incompatible with the rules put forward by the European Union. Where UK law is found not to be compatible with EU law, EU law takes president.
Thats it in a nutshell, the EU has deemed it unlawful for the UK to deport Mr Qatada, and we have to abide by it. As Gerard Batten, UKIP’s home affairs spokesman said:
“The Human Rights Act has become an umbrella protecting foreign terrorists and criminal suspects from facing justice in their own countries, with the British taxpayer having to fund both their protection and the costs of the case being brought against them. It is totally and utterly ludicrous.”
It is no secret that I am a ‘euro-sceptic’, and will accept that Europe has given us quite a few good things (although non spring to mind at the moment), however this is just another reason why we should leave the EU, and another reason why I will be voting to leave the EU when we get the referendum.
The idea behind Europe of having a single trade policy is arguable to an extent where I may end up conceding on, however suggesting that several countries must be bound by laws which are set by MEP’s who don’t have our best interests at heart is just ridiculous.
Come on Theresa May, tell the EU where to go and get rid of Abu Qatada!