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Watch: Braverman schools Stella Creasy on Nato

Oh dear. It seems that the right-on Member for Walthamstow is wrong again. Watching the Rwanda Bill debate this afternoon, Mr S was struck by an exchange between Stella Creasy and former Home Secretary Suella Braverman. The latter was in full flow, decrying the indignities of Westminster’s subservience to Strasbourg’s judges when Creasy rose to intervene.

Braverman duly paused her remarks on the importance of respecting the 2016 referendum result to graciously give way. So, what was the point that Creasy urgently needed to make? That, er, the ECHR was just like the defence alliance Nato:

I just wonder if she could clarify, because she’s got a concern there about a “foreign court”. What does she think Nato is?

Many spectres have loomed large in the past two days of debate but the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has certainly not been one of them. It was left to Braverman to point out the obvious: ‘Nato is not a court, I’m slightly embarrassed that I have to make that clear to the Honourable Lady’ before adding the kicker ‘That’s really elementary politics.’

Perhaps Creasy ought to pick up a copy of Sir Keir’s book on European law…

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