Theresa May hinted that she would like to pull Britain out of the ECHR during the referendum campaign [Image: Steve Parsons/PA].

Theresa May’s decision to hold back work on stripping UK citizens of their human rights and replacing them with a limited, Tory-biased ‘British Bill of Rights’ is to be welcomed.

If it is delayed until after the UK has left the European Union it may become a general election issue. If so, the Tories will lose.

Nobody has any reason to feel their rights will be better-protected under the Conservatives.

Notable for the absence from any Tory discussions of their planned bill are:

  • The duty to investigate suspicious deaths and to prevent foreseeable loss of life – to be scrapped in order to allow the deaths of sickness and disability benefit claimants to continue with no prospect of legal redress, perhaps?
  • The prohibition of slavery or forced labour – which the Tories have already reintroduced with their mandatory work schemes.
  • The right to privacy – which the Tories have removed with their ‘Snoopers Charter’.
  • The right to freedom of expression.
  • The right to freedom of assembly and association.
  • The prohibition of discrimination.

The list goes on and on.

Once Tories have to admit they are planning to take away some of our most basic rights and replace them with limited permissions, granted by people who consider themselves to be our betters, it should be ‘game over’.

Perhaps they expect their supine mass media friends to help them.

But in the wake of the ‘fake news’ controversy, this may not be greeted with the trust it has previously received.

So let us applaud Theresa May for this brave move.

It should bury her party and her career.

Theresa May has accepted that she will have to put David Cameron’s plan to publish a British bill of rights on hold until after Brexit, and perhaps beyond the next general election.

Cameron, May’s predecessor as prime minister, had planned to repeal the Human Rights Act, passed by the Labour government to enshrine the European Convention on Human Rights in domestic law, and replace it with a distinct and more limited British bill of rights.
The justice secretary, Liz Truss, reaffirmed that policy in August; but No 10 has now accepted that it would create too much of a backlash among restive Conservative MPs. “We have got a lot on our plates at the moment,” said one Downing Street source.

Source: Ministers put British bill of rights plan on hold until after Brexit

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