JUSTICE – BRITISH PARLIAMENT & EU LEGISLATION – 19 November 2013

Dr Julian Lewis: I noticed that my right hon. Friend said that a future majority Conservative Government would want to take steps to reassert this House’s sovereignty over EU legislation. Does that mean that we would not be able to take such steps if the Liberal Democrats were part of any future Government?

[The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (Chris Grayling): It is clear that there are many things that have united us politically in the past three years where we have done good work for this country but that there are areas European issues and issues of human rights where we take a different view. The mature approach in a coalition is to accept that those differences of views exist, to work collaboratively together when we agree and to be honest when we do not. That is what we will continue to do. I will certainly be on the doorsteps at the next general election arguing very strongly indeed for a Conservative approach that deals with many of these issues.]