MP asks about ECHR sanctions should they rule UK has not complied with judgment on prisoner voting

Following the Government statement on European Court of Human Rights’ judgments on prisoner voting, Eleanor Laing asks what sanctions are available to the ECHR should they judge the UK Government’s actions not to have complied with their ruling on prisoner voting.

Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest) (Con): What sanctions are available to the European Court of Human Rights to apply against the UK Government if they are judged not to have complied with the judgment sent down?

Chris Grayling: Ultimately, if this Parliament decides not to agree to rulings from the ECHR, it has no sanction. It can apply fines in absentia, but it will be for Parliament to decide whether it wishes to recognise those decisions, as it is with all decisions. Of course, as Lord Justice Hoffmann said in 1999, there are political consequences for the UK if Parliament chooses to take that decision.

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