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Sunday, 20 November 2011

European Court may face curb on powers, and it’s about time to

European Court may face curb on powers, and it’s about time to

The European Court of Human Rights may be prevented from overruling English judges on immigration cases, the secretary of state for Justice Kenneth Clarke has revealed. (And it’s about time to that England’s British government stood for its rights, for far too long EU courts have been telling us in England what we can and not do, England is becoming over crowded with scrounging immigrants from the EU that do nothing but suck the life out of England)

British ministers are poised to strike a deal to secure a historic reform of the ECHR and stop it being used by “every individual who has lost his own particular case”.

Ministers were last week told to lobby their opposites in Europe to support a change in the court’s remit, with a deal being expected by next April.

“What we are trying to do is get the role of the court sorted out so that it deals with serious human rights issues of the kind that require an international court”, Clarke said.

The changes would bring to an end the situation where “everybody who’s just lost his arguments about deportation should be able to go there and get in the queue, wait a few years to get it all reheard again when he’s lost the argument three times already” in England.

English courts are “perfectly capable to applying the convention,” he said

The Conservatives have sought to reclaim human rights laws from Europe for many years but Clarke said the thought was “fanciful” until a breakthrough last week which involved a prominent role for the UK in the Council of Europe. Britain is currently chair of the Council and ministers have seized on the opportunity to reform the ECHR.

“To get any decision out of any international body usually takes at least 20 years,” said Clarke.

“You would take the first two years trying to agree to where to put the commas in the memorandum. But it’s not like that.

“A lot of member states have been pushing for similar things, and a lot of them believe a British chairmanship is the best time to deliver it, and they think we’re the best hope of drawing this to a conclusion.”

Clarke said it was a “nuisance” that those who face bring deported frequently appeal British court rulings to Strasbourg, allowing them to remain in the country for years while they wait for a European hearing. Senior English judges, including Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice, believe that the European court should have less influence on England. (If you have entered England illegally you have no rights to appeal, you broken the law and that should be an end to, illegal immigrants cost the English tax payers millions of pounds a year in appeals and this money could be better used for the people who pay those taxes?)

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