United Kingdom: The UK tries to take back control of human rights

One of the most emotive pieces of UK legislation, regardless of its actual effect, is the 1998 Human Rights Act. The Blair-era law allowed for the European Convention on Human Rights, to which the UK was already long a signatory, to be brought into domestic legislation.

Although the ECHR is distinct from the European Union and Brexit, a common theme of taking back control from unelected foreigners — in this case, judges at the Strasbourg court — persists among Boris Johnson’s government.

It now wants to “update” the act, ultimately replacing it with a homegrown Bill of Rights.

Despite grandiose claims of “far-reaching” reform by the justice secretary, Dominic Raab, a government consultation published on Tuesday pushes relatively modest proposals, read in isolation.

This article was originally posted on ft.com

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