From the newsdesk

The other alleged pugilist has immunity from prosecution as an MEP, I am hearing

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 🙂

  4. I should add: in the performance of his duties. So, not for walloping a colleague. Up to Woolfe to complain, or police to act.

  5. Much of the European Parliament probably thinks that punching a UKIP MEP is a proper parliamentary duty.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. @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.

  9. @ 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.

  10. 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?)

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. How did an EU building CCTV shot get to Guido Fawkes so quickly?

    It looked to me like a photo taken with a phone.

  14. If MEPS have immunity, why did not one of ours not deck that cvnt Schulz repeatedly until he was a bloody pulp?

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