UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Government attempts to bypass courts over terrorist assets unacceptable says Cable

Press Release   •   Feb 05, 2010 08:00 GMT

"This approach to law-making is simply unacceptable," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor.

Commenting on the Supreme Court’s decision to quash Treasury measures to freeze the assets of suspected terrorists, Vince Cable said:

“Having been hauled before the courts for bypassing Parliament, the Government is now trying to bypass the court as well. This approach to law-making is simply unacceptable.

“I spoke to the Chancellor this morning and clearly we can’t allow terrorists to operate freely. We will do what we can in the national interest to ensure that there’s no escape route for terrorists and their money. 

“However, we have serious concerns about the regime which the Supreme Court has rightly ruled to be illegal. When the full Bill comes before Parliament we will ensure it is constitutionally sound and does not run contrary to our international obligations.”