The Government can’t pick and choose when human rights apply

Government publishes emergency legislation in last-ditch attempt to revive cruel and unlawful Rwanda plan

The bill, published today, asserts that minister have the power to ignore judgements coming from the European Court of Human Rights, but stops short of leaving or "disapplying" the European Convention on human rights, as many on the right of the Conservative party pushed for.

Indeed, just two hours prior to the bill's release, former Home Secretary Suella Braverman gave a speech to the Commons in which she warned of "electoral oblivion" for the Tories unless ministers blocked all domestic and international laws that stood in the way of deportation flights. 

While not disapplying international law, the bill does, however, seek to disapply relevant parts of the UK's Human Rights Act in asylum claims. 

Naomi Smith, Chief Executive of Best for Britain said, 

“The Government can’t pick and choose when human rights apply. We either all have them at all times, or no one does.

“It’s grimly ironic that days before the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Prime Minister is seeking to unravel our most basic protections because he’s too weak to stand up to the extreme nativists within his own party.”

Read the Best for Britain explainer on the Government's Rwanda Plan