UK's Cameron to defy Europe over prisoner votes

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, right, is escorted around C wing by prison officer Margaret Vaughan, during his visit to Wormwood Scrubs Prison, west London, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Cameron tried to put a week of heavy political criticism behind him as he visited a prison in west London Monday, seeing first hand his vision of charities, voluntary groups and private companies providing rehabilitation services to lower reoffending rates. (AP Photo/Paul Hackett, Pool)
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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, right, is escorted around C wing by prison officer Margaret Vaughan, during his visit to Wormwood Scrubs Prison, west London, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Cameron tried to put a week of heavy political criticism behind him as he visited a prison in west London Monday, seeing first hand his vision of charities, voluntary groups and private companies providing rehabilitation services to lower reoffending rates. (AP Photo/Paul Hackett, Pool)

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron insists he won't comply with an order from European judges to grant prisoners in the U.K. the right to vote, setting up a new clash with the continent's authorities.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve earlier on Wednesday told a Parliamentary committee that the U.K. was obliged to follow the judgment, and could face lawsuits from prisoners if it did not.

But Cameron later told lawmakers he had no intention of complying. "No one should be in any doubt. Prisoners are not getting the vote under this government," he said.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2010 that Britain must overturn a centuries-old law and allow prisoners to vote in national elections.

At the time, Cameron said the decision had made him feel "physically ill."

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