She would reportedly plan to transfer the rights from the international body into British law, to be applied by the Supreme Court.
Ms May will be looking for a solid mandate from the British public – and a stronger majority in Parliament – to proceed with the controversial process of leaving the ECHR.
Critics have said the move, which goes further than David Cameron’s plans for a Britsh Bill of Rights, would weaken the rights of citizens.
A government source told The Telegraph: “A clean break [from the ECHR] is by far the best option and, if we put it in the manifesto, even those Tory MPs who are squeamish about the idea will have to get behind it.
“A manifesto pledge also means the Lords will have to let it through eventually. All the signs are that the Prime Minister is up for this.”
Government officials are also worried that the current preoccupation with Brexit would prevent proper attention being given to the issue.
“We have a few other things on our plate at the moment,” Attorney General Jeremy Wright recently told MPs, according to the newspaper. He added: “I think we will have to resolve those before we can resolve the matter.”
Mr Wright said the government had “no quarrel” with the content of the ECHR - upheld by the European Court of Human rights in Strasbourg - but its application gave the government “difficulty”.
The ECHR is separate to the European Union, which the UK voted to leave in the summer of 2016, but many Conservative MPs are disdainful towards British membership of the court. They say it prevents dangerous foreign criminals and terrorists being tracked and deported.
The Prime Minister herself has previously advocated leaving the ECHR, after experiencing difficulties during her time as Home Secretary deporting hate preacher Abu Qatada.
What has the EU ever done for us?
What has the EU ever done for us?
1/7 1. It gives you freedom to live, work and retire anywhere in Europe
As a member of the EU, UK citizens benefit from freedom of movement across the continent. Considered one of the so-called four pillars of the European Union, this freedom allows all EU citizens to live, work and travel in other member states.
2/7 2. It sustains millions of jobs
A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, released in October 2015, suggested 3.1 million British jobs were linked to the UK’s exports to the EU.
3/7 3. Your holiday is much easier - and safer
Freedom to travel is one of the most exercised benefits of EU membership, with Britons having made 31 million visits to the EU in 2014 alone. But a lot of the benefits of being an EU citizen are either taken for granted or go unnoticed.
4/7 4. It means you're less likely to get ripped off
Consumer protection is a key benefit of the EU’s single market, and ensures members of the British public receive equal consumer rights when shopping anywhere in Europe.
5/7 5. It offers greater protection from terrorists, paedophiles, people traffickers and cyber-crime
Another example of a lesser-known advantage of EU membership is the benefit of cross-country coordination and cooperation in the fight against crime.
6/7 6. Our businesses depend on it
According to 71% of all members of the Confederation of British Influence (CBI), and 67 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the EU has had an overall positive impact on their business.
7/7 7. We have greater influence
Robin Niblett, Director of think-tank Chatham House, stated in a report published last year: “For a mid-sized country like the UK, which will never again be economically dominant either globally or regionally, and whose diplomatic and military resources are declining in relative terms, being a major player in a strong regional institution can offer a critical lever for international influence.
But the Good Friday Agreement, a key aspect of the Northern Ireland peace process, also depends on the ECHR. Critics have said withdrawing from the Convention would be “playing with fire”.
The ECHR also protects freedoms such as the prohibition of torture, slavery, the right to a fair trial and freedom of expression.
If implemented, the new laws would replace David Cameron’s plans to abandon the Human Rights Act for a British Bill of Rights. Unlike these previous proposals, where the European Court would have retained a role hearing appeals, Ms May is looking to break off all relations with the court.Reuse content