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Theresa May backslides on leaving ECHR

Made speech about leaving, now May wants to remain inside.

by Westmonster
May 19, 2017

The Conservative Party have backslided on the UK ripping up the European Convention of Human Rights that has proven an obstacle to deporting terrorists. Under Theresa May the UK would remain inside for the entirety of the next Parliament..

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In the run up to the Brexit referendum that saw May back Remain, she gave a speech on the ECHR saying that: “The ECHR can bind the hands of Parliament, adds nothing to our prosperity, makes us less secure by preventing the deportation of dangerous foreign nationals – and does nothing to change the attitudes of governments like Russia’s when it comes to human rights.

“So regardless of the EU referendum, my view is this: if we want to reform human rights laws in this country, it isn’t the EU we should leave but the ECHR and the jurisdiction of its court.”

The Tories had recently briefed about how Theresa May planned to make leaving the ECHR a central part of her General Election campaign

A source in December even said: “A clean break (from the ECHR) is by far the best option and, if we put it in the manifesto, even those Tory MPs who are squeamish about the idea will have to get behind it.

“A manifesto pledge also means the Lords will have to let it through eventually. All the signs are that the Prime Minister is up for this.”

Now, apparently not. European judges will retain some jurisdiction over the UK

Vote Tory to stay part of the ECHR and give a boost to foreign criminals and terrorists. Not exactly a full, clean Brexit.