Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has told a Council of Europe meeting that a "shared national interest" in change is needed to reform the European Court of Human Rights:
It's only by advancing human rights that we secure our ability to live, travel and trade in a more open, stable and prosperous world. However, all institutions need to adapt to a modern world.
We're all in no doubt the urgent need to reform the Strasbourg Court convention system. The reform is not designed to weaken human rights, on the contrary. We are not seeking to undermine the profoundly important shared values of the convention but to strengthen them and advance justice, democracy and freedom.
Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke insists that Britain has steered through real reforms to the European Court of Human Rights.
The row over Abu Qatada is set to be reignited as Britain tries to secure a deal that could see European human rights judges intervene less.