Recently the European Court of Human Rights ruled against a British ban which stops prisoners from voting and some British Conservatives say the UK does not not have to accept that ruling.
But Lord Woolf - who served as Lord Chief Justice for England and Wales from 2000 to 2005 - says the UK is recognised internationally as being committed to the rule of law and if that is seen as not being observed it sends an "appalling message" around the globe.
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