From the newsdeskOctober 6, 2016 Tim WorstallUKIP23 CommentsThe other alleged pugilist has immunity from prosecution as an MEP, I am hearing previousUN moves to the right!nextMixed feelings 23 thoughts on “From the newsdesk” Rob October 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm How the fuck did MEPs wangle that privilege? Europe, eh? Rob Fisher October 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?language=en&type=IM-PRESS&reference=20070906STO10162 It’s not absolute. The European Parliament can remove the immunity if it is convinced there is a case to answer. I have no idea what that means in practice… Dave October 6, 2016 at 3:49 pm I’m not sure that’s true, since the UK does not have that kind of Parliamentary immunity. Or would it be under the laws of wherever the fight took place? http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?language=en&type=IM-PRESS&reference=20070906STO10162 Rob Moss October 6, 2016 at 3:53 pm The general principle is that acts committed abroad are not punishable under the English criminal law. Parliament may give an offence extraterritorial application but must do so expressly. Rob Moss October 6, 2016 at 3:55 pm In this particular case, the MEP is a representative of UKIP, so as soon as the prosecutor in Belgium applies to have his immunity revoked, they’ll snatch their hands off in an attempt to get rid of a ‘kipper. tomo October 6, 2016 at 4:12 pm If it turns out the caller-outer came unstuck … where’s that legally? Chris Miller October 6, 2016 at 5:13 pm I would imagine (i.e. guess) that EU buildings have privileges similar to foreign embassies. That was the case when I visited the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Reading many years ago – the bar wasn’t subject to UK licensing rules 🙂 Tim Newman October 6, 2016 at 5:17 pm If it turns out the caller-outer came unstuck … where’s that legally? I’m not sure “But ‘e was askin’ forrit!” is much of a defence. John Price October 6, 2016 at 5:23 pm I should add: in the performance of his duties. So, not for walloping a colleague. Up to Woolfe to complain, or police to act. Richard October 6, 2016 at 5:25 pm Much of the European Parliament probably thinks that punching a UKIP MEP is a proper parliamentary duty. Mr Ecks October 6, 2016 at 5:27 pm If Wolfe did the calling out or even agreed to duke it out, that makes him just as culpable. The law allows for self-defence if you are attacked or have reasonable grounds to believe you are about to be attacked–not agreeing to a brawl. Mr Ecks October 6, 2016 at 5:28 pm Much of the European Parliament needs to be hanged for treason to their respective nations. Andrew K October 6, 2016 at 6:25 pm It was Strasbourg, so the Belgian police/prosecutors wouldn’t get a look in anyway. Jack C October 6, 2016 at 6:56 pm That was the case when I visited the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Reading many years ago – the bar wasn’t subject to UK licensing rules Did everyone miss this wonderful piece of information? Chris Miller October 6, 2016 at 8:58 pm @Jack The point being that (legally) the ECMWF isn’t UK territory and the local police have no jurisdiction within its grounds. So, in the case we’re discussing, even if the fight took place outside and on Belgian territory, the police would have no right to enter the parliament building to arrest a suspect. They could wait at the door to nab him – cf Julian Assange. Paul Nottingham October 6, 2016 at 9:44 pm Woolfe really didn’t show much judgment in choosing the one to ask to step outside. Jack C October 6, 2016 at 10:30 pm @ Chris Miller, Yes, quite. And it’s absolutely right that the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts should have protection in this way. It’s the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. tomo October 7, 2016 at 12:37 am ECMWF is what the Ivans call an oblast then… I wonder if they have their own number plates? – the Canary Wharf based European Medicines Agency certainly does …. I bet they’ve got a popular bar too (tax free mebbe?) Interested October 7, 2016 at 7:07 am The pic of Woolfe shows him sparko with his briefcase in his left hand. What kind of dickhead takes someone on while having half his hands occupied with anything other than some kind of weapon? Either he was cheap-shotted or he’s not a scrapper and is very stupid. Mr Ecks October 7, 2016 at 9:00 am He collapsed after the fight Interested –he wasn’t cold-cocked as the Yanks call it. How did an EU building CCTV shot get to Guido Fawkes so quickly? The scum of the EU security or Eurpol is probably how. Bloke in Wales October 7, 2016 at 9:14 am How did an EU building CCTV shot get to Guido Fawkes so quickly? It looked to me like a photo taken with a phone. BraveFart October 7, 2016 at 12:15 pm If MEPS have immunity, why did not one of ours not deck that cvnt Schulz repeatedly until he was a bloody pulp? DP October 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm Dear Mr Worstall So does the other one. DP Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.