Government looking at ‘junking’ manifesto comittment for Bill of Rights

Theresa May might be about to ‘junk’ plans for a ‘British Bill of Rights’. According to a report in The Times yesterday, the prime minister has asked Justice Secretary Liz Truss to rethink the party’s manifesto commitment to scrapping the Human Rights Act.

A Whitehall source told the paper the Bill of Rights was ‘all ready to go’. ‘The work had been done bringing onside most of the critics in parliament and it was clear that there were the votes there to get it through,’ one said.

Another added: ‘The bill is ready but my hunch is that she might junk it. I think the priority for the justice department will be prison reform and she won’t want another fight with the Scottish government [which is opposed to the policy]. I just don’t think the will is there to drive it through.’

Apparently May was unhappy with a concession that the UK would remain part of the European Court of Human Rights. According to reports, chief of staff, Nick Timothy, said the bill would be counterproductive unless the UK pulled out of the ECHR.


About Jon Robins

Jon is a journalist and has written about the law and justice for the national papers and specialist press for more than 15 years. Jon is a visiting journalism lecturer at Winchester University, a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln and patron of Hackney Community Law Centre. He has won the Bar Council’s legal reporter of the year award twice (2015 and 2005). Jon is editor and co-founder of LegalVoice

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