» Thursday, May 4, 2006

Home Secretary’s Statement

Asked whether the Government was prepared to derogate from the European Commission for Human Rights in order to get legislation through, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that as we had said yesterday, if, whenever we got the legislation through, people wanted to challenge it in the courts, then they could. What people should not assume, however, was that we had to go down the road of derogation, because if people looked at past experience on the whole series of issues that were contested in courts, then the Government had won. The PMOS said people should not make assumptions and not address hypotheticals.

Put that the Prime Minister had gone on the record some years ago saying that he was prepared to consider it, and was considering it actively at the time, the PMOS replied that again, it should be taken case by case, and we should do the work, and then see if it was tested in the courts.

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