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Bill of Rights

Put that Lord McNally had ruled out any Bill of Rights having any kind of power over the European Court, the PMS said that a Commission would investigate the creation of a UK Bill of Rights, ensuring that British liberties were protected and the UK’s obligations under the convention on human rights were enshrined in law.

What the Commission would also do was to act as a forum for debate about the way rights were protected in the UK. It would look at whether things could be done better and in a way that reflected our traditions.

The PMS said that Ken Clarke had also been talking about what could be done to reform the European Court and that was something the Commission would be looking at as well.

Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned that senior people involved in this process were writing it off from the start, the PMS replied that the Commission had not yet been set up. It would be an independent Commission with an independent chair.

Put that Ken Clarke had said the UK’s chairing of the European Council would play a key part in reform and how convinced were the Government that it would get a lot of support, the PMS said that Ken Clarke had indicated in his interview yesterday that there were other countries that wanted to see the reforms that we wanted to see.

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