Lords warn Gove’s ‘Bill of Rights’ could harm peace process and international co-operation

Justice secretary Michael Gove has implied the bill may not be as radical as originally envisaged [Image:: Lewis Whyld/PA].

Justice secretary Michael Gove has implied the bill may not be as radical as originally envisaged [Image:: Lewis Whyld/PA].

Fears that replacing the Human Rights Act with an arbitrary ‘Bill of Rights’ will harm the Northern Ireland peace process have already been voiced.

Now it seems the Bill may be used to appease Eurosceptics if the UK votes to remain in the EU, by weakening the power of the European Court of Human Rights.

It just goes from bad to worse.

The idea – of replacing internationally-agreed principles with a document that says what Conservative MPs think the rest of us should be allowed to do – was always bad but now it is verging on the ridiculous.

It seems unlikely that the devolved assemblies of Scotland and Northern Ireland would support such a Bill, and that doesn’t mean Wales will go for it either.

So it could trigger a constitutional crisis as well.

And Michael Gove says it may not be as “radical” as was originally planned – what a disaster that must have been!

The government’s proposed bill of rights will hamper the fight against crime, undermine the UK’s international moral authority and could start “unravelling” the constitution, a cross-party parliamentary committee is warning.

A critical report by the House of Lords’ European Union justice sub-committee urges ministers to rethink plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and highlights fears expressed by the Irish government that the policy could damage the Northern Ireland peace process.

Publication of the draft legislation, which is intended to replace the Human Rights Act, has been repeatedly delayed despite the bill of rights being a Conservative party manifesto pledge. It is now expected after the EU referendum.

While the justice secretary, Michael Gove, has implied the bill may not be as radical as originally envisaged, others fear that a vote to remain within the EU on 23 June could force Downing Street to appease disappointed Brexiters with a more substantial attack on the European court of human rights in Strasbourg. Last month the home secretary, Theresa May, a supporter of remaining in the EU, called for the UK to abandon the European convention of human rights.

“Were the UK to depart from the standards of human rights currently recognised within the EU,” the report states, “the system of mutual recognition which underpins EU justice and home affairs cooperation would be hampered by legal arguments over its application to the UK.

“We urge the government not to introduce domestic human rights legislation that would jeopardise the UK’s participation in this important area of EU cooperation in the fight against international crime.”

Source: British bill of rights could ‘unravel’ constitution, say MPs | Law | The Guardian

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9 thoughts on “Lords warn Gove’s ‘Bill of Rights’ could harm peace process and international co-operation

  1. jeffrey davies

    damned if we stay damned if we out hmmm nothing the tories do will help the peasants

  2. NMac

    Anything that emanates from Gove has got to be bad for the vast majority of people.

  3. Neilth

    So the Europhobes acknowledge they’re going to lose and are looking for other ways to undermine or remove employees and citizens rights.

  4. Michael Broadhurst

    i must admit that that i was one who was going to vote out,until i read about Tory plans to scrap human rights on here.anybody with a modicum of intelligence should know what their Bill of Rights would be like,rights that THEY think you should have,which would be virtually no rights at all.

  5. mrmarcpc

    A tory bill of rights will be slitting the throats of the people and our rights even more, this should not be allowed to stand, the EU should kick their arses if they dare to implement this abomination, hope they do and hope we do too!

  6. casalealex

    PMQs today 11/5/16

    Henry Smith (Crawley) (Con)

    I know my right hon. Friend will want to join me in congratulating Katy Bourne, who was re-elected as the Sussex police and crime commissioner last week, topping the poll in Crawley for her work in helping victims. In that respect, will the Prime Minister commit to introducing a British Bill of Rights as soon as possible? [904969]

    The Prime Minister

I am happy to make that commitment and let me join him in congratulating Katy Bourne and all successful candidates. I think what we saw in the police and crime commissioner elections—[Interruption.] In a minute. What we saw in the police and crime commissioner elections was a very large increase in turnout, sometimes as much as a 25 percentage point increase. I think this new role is bedding in well.

    1. Neilth

      So the increase in turnout had nothing to do with people voting for local councils, WAG or SP? CaMoron really does love to cloud the issue to mislead the electorate. If it had just been the PCC elections turnout would have been lucky to get out of single figures especially as the Tories refuse to allow the candidates a free mail shot as happens in every other election.
      Most people I canvassed didn’t even know the PCC was up for election let alone who any of the candidates were.

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