We’ve Been Here Before ?

7 Nov

Joshua Rozenberg writes in The Guardian of the UK’s relationship with the ECHR (he says, more correctly, the Council of Europe) reaching a turning point soon. This is primarily about Prisoner Votes, although as his article implies there’s a general accumulation of ‘UK loses again’ rulings recently too.

This writer’s view is that no-one really knows what will happen if/when the latest ‘do something‘ deadline passes without action. Joshua – and doubtless others who value the UK’s membership of the Council/ECHR system – are making helpful suggestions along the lines of ‘OK, you don’t like it, PM, but all we really need to do is …’ These have the merit of indeed addressing the immediate point, but not the bigger picture – what seems a general sense in Government of ‘ECHR fatigue.’ Thus Sir Edward Garnier QC’s surely-perceptive remarks quoted in the article. Of course, there’s also the question of whether the ECHR is beginning to feel ‘UK fatigue’ …

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