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An Analysis of the Prisoner Voting Saga: Mixed Messages from Strasbourg, Euro-scepticism in the UK a

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruling in Hirst v United Kingdom (No.2) has generated much debate in the UK. Hirst and other relevant judgments suggest UK’s blanket ban on prisoners’ right to vote is incompatible with the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). However, the blanket ban still remains. In questioning how and why the blanket ban remains in place, this article examines the wider Euro-scepticism. The author has also employed the British doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty to lay an ultimate challenge against the legitimacy of the whole Convention System in Europe.

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