Let's not let popularism masquerade as sovereignty on prisoner votes
The UK can be proud of its role in developing the European Convention on Human Rights into the foremost regional human rights system. A large part of that success is attributable to states accepting their obligation to implement European court of human rights (ECtHR) judgments against them. It was by voluntarily accepting the jurisdiction of the court, as the UK did in 1966, that states provided oxygen to a burgeoning "Europe of rights". However, that system remains frail; vulnerable to being undermined by the withdrawal of states' commitment to the court.