EU Erosion

EU guilty of ‘power grab’ against British justice system, says Dominic Grieve

Attorney General sends warning to EU that is must play within the rules

Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General

Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General Photo: EDDIE MULHOLLAND

By , Political Correspondent

6:26PM GMT 02 Dec 2013

The European Union is “subverting” the rules in its attempts to intervene in   matters that should always be decided by the UK, the Government’s top law   officer has warned.

Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, warned that EU attempts to seize   ever-greater powers from member states like Britain are damaging the   Continent’s prosperity and alienating its population.

Mr Grieve warned the EU that the UK “will not shy away” from taking legal   action to protect its interests.

He said he has been “astonished” by recent EU attempts to grab new powers over   the British justice system and accused Brussels institutions of “seeking to   reduce the freedom of action of sovereign member states”.

Speaking in Brussels, Mr Grieve said that “the UK plays by the rules and we   expect others to do so too”.

His provocative comments came days after a senior British judge attacked the   European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for “straying beyond its remit into   policy making and issues that most people would regard as inherently   political”.

Lord Sumption, a Supreme Court judge criticised   the ECHR for a strong of findings against the UK government over prisoner   voting.

Mr Grieve has previously warned ministers that they can not simply ignore   judgments from the ECHR if the disagree with them.

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