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.
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.
It seems bizarre these three are so keen for UK law to be supreme when it suits them but not when it suits the country.
— Jane Collins MEP (@Jane_CollinsMEP) May 17, 2016
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