June 2016 British Bill of Human Rights Announced

05/06/2016

The government has confirmed plans to reform the UK human rights framework by bringing forward proposals for a British Bill of Rights.

In the Queens Speech, the government said that the proposals will deliver on its manifesto pledge to reform human rights law.

The government say that it intends to consult fully on the proposals when they are published in due course, but that it expects that rights contained in the Bill will be based on those set out in the European Convention on Human Rights, while also taking into account our common law tradition. Some of you may feel that this pronouncement has a familiar ring to it and you would be right – exactly the same thing was promised in last years speech. So why is it raised again? Some might point to the referendum and the need to respond the perception that the Human Rights Act works in favour of the criminal. But the fundamental problem for the government is how they expect to draft a Bill that works as effectively as the current legislation in protecting basic rights without replicating what we already have. It will be interesting to see if this proposal ever makes the light of day.

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