The Extradition Act 2003 is causing some disquiet amongst Members of Parliament, from across the political spectrum.
The colourful Tory MP Boris Johnson has an Early Day Motion which has now attaracted the signatures of 48 [update 26th January 2006: now 140] Members of Parliament. An Early Day Motion is not binding on the Government, but it does publicly demonstrate a level of concern about this issue.
"EXTRADITION ACT 2003
That this House urges the Government to defer approving the extradition to the United States of any British subjects until such time as the United States Senate ratifies the Extradition Treaty of March 2003; further calls upon the Government to amend the Extradition Act 2003 (Designation of Part 2 Territories) Order 2003 and replace it with a new Order which requires the United States to supply prima facie evidence to accompany its extradition requests to the United Kingdom, as the UK has to do in relation to an extradition from the US; and further calls upon the Government to amend the Extradition Act 2003 to reflect the terms of Article 7 of the European Convention of Extradition on Place of Commission."
98 signatories as at 24th July 2005:
The list of current signatories includes:
UPDATE: 1st July - signatories since the 27th June 2005
Update: 14th July
Update 24th July:
Update 13th October 2005:
Update 16th November 2005
Update 15th December 2005 - 137 Members of Parliament have signed EDM 241
Update 26th January 2006 - 140 Members of Parliament have signed EDM 241
Update April 16th 2006: - 151 MPs have signed EDM 241
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