- The EU’s Michel Barnier said security agreements would have ‘guillotine clause’
- Theresa May has been a critic of the European Convention on Human Rights
- She clashed with Strasbourg during her move to extradite preacher Abu Qatada
Brussels stirred tensions with Britain yesterday by warning that Europe-wide co-operation against crime and terrorism will end if the UK tries to drop the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief negotiator, said any agreement on vital security issues would be subject to a ‘guillotine clause’ aimed at keeping the UK tied to the pact – even though it is not governed by the EU.
The move will particularly anger Theresa May who has been a vocal critic of the ECHR and has suggested that the UK could leave it one day. She has argued that the convention – which is enforced by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg – has unfairly placed restrictions on UK courts.
Michel Barnier (pictured), the EU’s chief negotiator, said an agreement on