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Human rights here to stay – for the time being

Human rights here to stay – for the time being

  • 22/05/2017
  • Answered by Red Square London’s Immigration Specialist, Oliver Westmoreland – Ответил наш Специалист по Иммиграционным Вопросам, Оливер Вестморлэнд
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IMMIGRATION BLOG

Human rights here to stay – for the time being

22 May 2017

human rightsThe Conservative Party has just published its general election manifesto. This is an important document because the Conservatives are highly likely to win the election – and probably with an increased majority – so the manifesto gives us some idea about the kind of Government policies we can expect over the next few years.

Some will be pleased learn that the Conservatives have – despite various speculation – no immediate plans to repeal the Human Rights Act and disengage from the European Convention on Human Rights. The manifesto says:

“We will not repeal or replace the Human Rights Act while the process of Brexit is underway but we will consider our human rights legal framework when the process of leaving the EU concludes. We will remain signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights for the duration of the next parliament.”

If the Conservatives do win the election with an increased majority then it is very possible that we won’t see another one until 2022. There is something slightly peculiar about the wording of the above quotation (because the Human Rights Act and the European Convention are intimately connected) but, relying particularly on the last sentence, it may well be that the human rights legal framework as we know it will be safe until then.

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