The government’s ‘Right to Rent’ scheme breaches law under the European Convention on Human Rights, the High Court has ruled. Once again the British government are being overruled on policy.
Right to Rent made landlords responsible for checking the immigration status of potential tenants if they have “reasonable cause to believe” the letting is occupied by someone who doesn’t have the right to rent in Britain.
Theresa May brought in the measure as Home Secretary as part of the ‘hostile environment’ policy supported by 71% of Brits. Outside of the lefty media bubble, the public back tough action on illegal immigration.
Delivering his verdict in court today, Mr. Justice Martin Spencer said that Right to Rent “does not merely provide the occasion or opportunity for private landlords to discriminate but causes them to do so where otherwise they would not”.
Back in May 2016, Theresa May said that the UK should leave the the European Convention on Human Rights: “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.”
Yet in her original UK-EU plan the text backed staying in: “The UK is committed to membership of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)”.
The Political Declaration that Theresa May is now seeking to promote as part of her deal reads: “The future relationship should incorporate the United Kingdom’s continued commitment to respect the framework of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), while the Union and its Member States will remain bound by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which reaffirms the rights as they result in particular from the ECHR.”
Why would the UK continue to be overruled by an ECHR that the Prime Minister herself has described as making us “less secure”?
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