Rab announces the Bill of Rights in an effort to reassert Britain’s legal superiority


Justice Minister Dominic Raab has released a rights code claiming to overturn the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, including recent interim measures that prevented the deportation of several illegal immigrants to Rwanda.

Mr Raab, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, will argue that the rights bill to replace human rights law would argue that British courts do not have to follow Strasbourg’s ruling and that the British Supreme Court in London is the ultimate human arbitrator. I am saying. Rights issue.

Raab submitted the proposed rights code to Parliament on Wednesday, saying he was fulfilling the promise made in the 2019 Conservative General Election Manifest to implement “human rights reforms” after Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

He said the new law would “clarify” that Congress, not the courts in Strasbourg, would make policy decisions.

However, the Bill of Rights was immediately criticized by the opposition Labor Party.

Shadow Justice Minister Erie Reeves said: This is not a bill of rights, but a disadvantage … it will create endless delays and bureaucratic formalism. “

She said Rwanda’s policy was “failed and infeasible” and the government tried to blame someone else in the form of the European Court of Human Rights for its failure.

Just a while ago Rab told LBC: “No one is talking about destroying human rights in this country. We will stay within the scope of the Treaties of the European Union and strengthen typical British rights such as freedom of speech, but publicly. When it comes to protection, I think people want to be provided with common sense and balance, which is what our reforms will achieve. “

No right to automatically appeal in “significant” cases

The Bill of Rights is also designed to increase freedom of speech and prevent “cultural cancellation” that prevents people with specific views from being given a platform, especially in institutions such as universities.

It also limits the right of foreign-born residents with children convicted of crimes in the United Kingdom to fight deportation of their families because of their “right to family life.”

The Bill of Rights also means that the automatic right to legal reimbursement in “trivial” cases has been removed and plaintiffs must prove that they have suffered “serious damages”.

The Ministry of Justice says It also “isolates the government’s plan to increase the use of prison separation centers against legal objections from radical criminals claiming their” right to socialize. “

Sacha Deshmukh, CEO of Amnesty International UK, said the law represents “a significant retreat of civilian rights.”

PA Media contributed to this report.

Chris Summers


Chris Summers is a UK-based journalist with a particular interest in crime, police and law, covering stories from a wide range of countries.