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.
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