The UKIP MEP using Brussels privilege to frustrate a UK court process and an Act of Parliament

23rd May 2016

In a High Court judgment handed down last week we have the splendid irony of a UKIP MEP using the privileges of the European Parliament so as to stay a case in the English courts where the court is applying an Act of Parliament.

The case is one about libel damages and the statutory provision is that which governs “offers to amend” under the Defamation Act 1996.

One would think that this is exactly the sort of Brussels interference with national legal sovereignty – the court process and the effect of primary legislation – that UKIP would be against.

But no.



This was tweeted by the MEP as she actively sought the European Parliament privilege which meant UK law would not apply to her.  Compare the date of the tweet with the dates in the postscript of the judgment.



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3 thoughts on “The UKIP MEP using Brussels privilege to frustrate a UK court process and an Act of Parliament”

  1. So this is what it means to be a UKIP member. Double speak otherwise known as talking out of both sides of your mouth. They don’t mind using the EU legislation to their own ends then? Not so British after all. Rather makes a joke out of the Brexit campaign UKIP have been plugging all along.

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