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David Davies: Living proof that you can become an MP without ever learning or understanding the laws that you may be called upon to form or amend.

David Davies: Living proof that you can become an MP without ever learning or understanding the laws that you may be called upon to form or amend.

This one beggars belief. According to the UK Human Rights blog: David Davies MP (for Monmouth – not David Davis MP) has posted on his official blog that the Paris attacks show that the Human Rights Act should be repealed.

His reasoning is spurious. He does not understand the law. He misrepresents the Human Rights Act.

He is wrong to say that “Under current laws, including the Human Rights Act, anyone can come to the UK and make a claim for asylum.” The right to claim asylum is not contained in the Human Rights Act. It is in the the 1951 Refugee Convention. The United Kingdom signed up to it on 28 July 1951.

The Convention does not apply to those who has committed a “crime against peace” a “war crime” or a “crime against humanity” (Article 1F). That rule is enforced in our law.

No MP is (yet) arguing we should withdraw from the Refugee Convention [and] withdrawing from the Human Rights Act would not address the problem which Mr Davies identifies.

MPs have a responsibility to be accurate when the promote the repeal of an important law. Mr Davies’ post is irresponsible, particularly in the charged climate following the Paris attacks.

He should remove or amend it, with a clear message that he got it wrong.

Vox Political supports this view. The full article – including a transcript of the Davies post – may be read on the UK Human Rights blog.