Adams ban referred to Luxembourg

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Two High Court judges yesterday referred to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg the government ban on Gerry Adams visiting mainland Britain.

European judges will be asked to lay down legal guidelines on the competing interests of Mr Adams' right to move freely within the territory of member states, including the UK, and the Government's right under European law to take action against him in the interests of national security.

A key issue is whether the exclusion order made last October under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 was 'disproportionate' given that Mr Adams only wanted to pay a brief visit to Parliament to discuss the political situation in Northern Ireland with MPs.

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