"The Tory-led coalition Government knows it cannot defend accepting the Public Prosecutor’s Office in the UK, so it seeks to achieve the same thing by the back door." - UKIP Justice Spokesman Gerard Batten MEP
•The European Public Prosecutor's Office is presently designed to supplant the British investigatory and prosecutorial authorities in any case involving fraud or misappropriation of EU funds and resources.
It will be given vast power to seize evidence, summon witnesses and suspects for inquisitorial questioning, search property, inspect bank accounts, tap into telecommunications, email and social media. The UK police and prosecutors will have to do their bidding at UK taxpayers' expense. The UK will have to hand over a huge amount of sovereignty if this becomes reality.
The UK and thirteen other Member States have turned this idea down. Despite that, in a demonstration of the UK's impotence, the Commission had pressed on regardless.
But there is a more sinister side to this.
The European Public Prosecutor will eventually be at the heart of an EU criminal justice system, along with EUROPOL, EUROJUST (as a Ministry of Justice), an EU Criminal Tribunal, and an EU Criminal offences code, all backed by the Euro Gendarmerie and an EU prison system.
It will have jurisdiction over 'crimes against The EU' and will be used not just against fraudsters but also those who dare to oppose The European Project.
Gerard Batten, UKIP Justice Spokesman said in the European Parliament, Strasbourg, (11.03.2014): "Madam President, the EU intends to create a Public Prosecutor’s Office with vast legal powers across the Member States. The British Government has already announced that it will opt out of the public prosecutor scheme. However, the Government has already announced that it intends to permanently opt in to the 35 EU police and criminal justice measures. As I said here last month, those 35 measures are the most important and the most dangerous to our traditional freedoms and liberties.
"As far as the United Kingdom is concerned, the Government’s decision to opt out of the Public Prosecutor’s Office is both worthless and dishonest. The Prosecutorʼs Office will have at their disposal the use of all the existing legal instruments, such as the European Arrest Warrant, and the new ones, such as the European Investigation Order. Although the Prosecutorʼs Office will have no direct authority in the UK, it will have de facto power by means of the use of these legal instruments.
"The Tory-led coalition Government knows it cannot defend accepting the Public Prosecutor’s Office in the UK, so it seeks to achieve the same thing by the back door. There is still time for the Government to reverse its decision and opt out of the 35 measures. But to fully protect ourselves, we have to leave the European Union. To do that, vote UKIP on 22 May."