‘No crisis’ over human rights court

THERE is no “great constitutional crisis about foreign judges trying to ride roughshod over British law”, according to a justice minister involved in talks to reform Europe’s human rights court.

Lord McNally’s remarks come ahead of a meeting of the 47 member nations of the Council of Europe in Brighton today, at which the government hopes to secure a deal on reforms that will see the Strasbourg-based court meddle less in UK affairs.

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It follows David Cameron’s claim in January that the court’s work defending human freedom and dignity was being put “under threat” due to public unease over some of its decisions.

The Prime Minister warned that the court risked undermining its own reputation by “going over national decisions where it does not need to”.