The SNP cooperates, but Northern Ireland stays partly aloof from UK National Crime Agency

 

Isn’t  this amazing? Here we have a Scottish government poised for a referendum on independence, yet in the meantime enthusiastically co-operating with making the new UK National Crime Agency effective in Scotland.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “The introduction of Serious Crime Prevention Orders will give law enforcement agencies another vital tool in their kit.

“The Scottish Government is consulting on their introduction, which we hope will follow a similar format to those in place in England and Wales, in the near future and seek views on how they will ­operate in Scotland.

“We will remain in dialogue with the UK Government on how we could best introduce legislation around these.”

Scottish Government spokesman said: “The introduction of Serious Crime Prevention Orders will give law enforcement agencies another vital tool in their kit.

“The Scottish Government is consulting on their introduction, which we hope will follow a similar format to those in place in England and Wales, in the near future and seek views on how they will ­operate in Scotland. “We will remain in dialogue with the UK Government on how we could best introduce legislation around these.”

While in Northern Ireland legislation to make the Agency fully effective has been blocked. Justice minister David Ford hopes a way be yet be found..  Fighting crime across borders or  playing politics, which comes first?  If they managed some sort of agreement over  MI5, why not for this ?

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London