Justice Committee: Bill Of Rights Will Damage The UK


Researching Reform

In their latest report, The Justice Committee has launched a withering attack on the Government’s proposal to introduce a UK Bill of Rights designed to replace The Human Rights Act.

In a formal statement on Parliament’s website, it has concluded that the evidence received made ‘a forceful case’ for the Government to think again on the policy.

The Sub-Committee’s key findings were as follows:

  • The Government’s proposals will not depart significantly from the existing Human Rights Act.
  • The proposals are likely to “affirm” in a Bill of Rights all the rights contained within European Convention on Human Rights [as Stated by the Secretary of State], making the necessity of a Bill of Rights unclear.
  • These proposals may damage the UK’s standing within the Council of Europe and the EU, and its moral authority internationally;
  • And may, lead to an increasing reliance on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in…

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