"As long as Britain is in the EU, the UK can be stripped of voting power if it defies EU interpretation of human rights" - Diane James, UKIP MEP and home affairs spokesman
Press release •"Tory pledges to make the British Supreme Court the ultimate arbiter of human rights are a fraud," said Diane James.
"Article 7 (TEU) of the Lisbon Treaty gives the European Council the power to strip a member state of its EU voting rights if it decides the state is in breach of Brussels' definition of human rights. This is EU law. And since EU law is at all times superior to UK law, as long as we are members of the EU our Supreme Court will be supreme in name only."
"More, Conservative plans to draft a bill to break the link between British courts and the European Court of Human Rights are equally bogus. The EU's European Court of Justice established decades ago that the European Convention on Human Rights is a document with special significance in the EU law. We have no escape from EU law as long as we are in the EU."
"More, the Lisbon Treaty requires the EU to accede to the European Convention on Human Rights, exactly the convention from which David Cameron wants the British people to believe he can free them. He can't. At the moment, all that is stopping Britain and the other 27 member states of the EU being belt-and-braces tied to the ECHR are technical problems on accession. Eurocrats are sorting out those problems now."
"There is no escape from EU control of our human rights legislation, or from domination of our law by the ECHR, as long as we remain members of the EU," said James.