Let me set out some of the key ones. Powers flowing away from Brussels, not always to it. National parliaments able to work together to block unwanted European legislation. Businesses liberated from red tape and benefiting from the strength of the EU’s own market – the biggest and wealthiest on the planet – to open up greater free trade with North America and Asia. Our police forces and justice systems able to protect British citizens, unencumbered by unnecessary interference from the European institutions, including the ECHR.
It’s a basic starting point for the EU that powers once granted to it are never devolved back. But there’s a greater error there too. The ECHR isn’t an EU institution so what the hell has renegotiating our relationship with the EU got to do with the ECHR?
The ECJ, yes, but the ECHR?