Britain could withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights under plans for a new Bill of Rights to give UK judges the ultimate authority over laws in this country, the Justice Secretary has said.
Chris Grayling said that a Conservative government after the general election will deliver an ultimatum to European judges to ensure that Strasbourg courts are in future little more than an “advisory body”.
The commitment will put a stop to the “farce” of foreign criminals and terrorists being allowed to fight deportation from Britain by invoking European human rights rulings.
It will “restore common sense and put Britain first” with new laws will ensure that the British Supreme Court is in future the “ultimate arbiter” on whether human rights are being respected, the Conservatives said.
Under plans for a new British Bill of Rights, MPs in the House of Commons will be able to veto any rulings by the European Court of Human Rights.
This isn’t EU either, this is European Council. And to do this you’ve got to withdraw from the EC. Which, in and of itself, means withdrawing from the EU (EC membership is a pre-condition of EU).
Now, I think leaving both would be a great idea. But it’s not possible to have this interim stage, of being in but not agreeing to abide by the rules.