Attorney General sends warning to EU that is must play within the rules
By Peter Dominiczak, 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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