The Tory plan to scrap the Human Rights Act just moved one step closer

Further plans will be unveiled in the autumn, ministers say

The Government will publish its plans to replace the Human Rights Act in the autumn of this year, ministers have announced.

Asked in the House of Commons when the detailed plan for the Government’s “British Bill of Rights” would be made public, Dominic Raab said it would be available soon.

“We will bring forward proposals on a bill of rights this autumn, they will be subject to full consultation. The preparation is going well,” the justice minister said.

Mr Raab said the bill would give the UK Supreme Court supremacy over the European Court of Human Rights and give “a greater respect for the legislative role for honourable member sin this place” – referring to MPs.

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Dominic Raab, a Justice Minister

The minister responded to suggestions that the British Bill of Rights was being rushed by stating that the old legislation it was replacing had also been rushed.

“The Human Rights Act was itself rushed, there was no period of consultation, it was introduced to parliament in just six months and that’s one of the reasons it proved flawed in practice,” he said.

“We will take our time to get it right, we will take on board all the views that have been expressed and we want to restore some balance to our human rights regime and that’s what a bill of rights will do.”

It is not clear whether giving the UK Supreme Court supremacy over the European Court of Human Rights is compatible with membership of the European Convention on Human Rights.

 

The Scottish Government has said it will try to stop the UK Government from repealing the Human Rights Act

“I oppose the repeal of the Human Rights Act, I think it’s an appalling thing to be doing,” Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said shortly after the election.

The Conservatives promised to repeal the Human Rights Act in their manifesto in this year’s general election.

The Act allows British citizens to raise human rights concerns in British courts rather than having to go to the European Court of Human Rights.

It also requires all public authorities to obey the European Convention on Human Rights.

The scrapping of the plan is being spearheaded by Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary.

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