Jacob Rees-Mogg hails migration bill as ‘a clear victory for sovereignty’

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Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

The former minister and GB News presenter welcomed amendments allowing the Government to ignore EHCR rulings.

Former Brexit minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he fully supports the illegal migration bill, now that it includes amendments allowing the Home Secretary to ignore European court rulings.

The GB News presenter said: “It’s been widely reported that the Government will include amendments to the illegal migration bill that will give the Home Secretary powers to ignore the European Court of Human Rights injunctions.

“These are the rule 39 orders on deportations, and this is a clear victory for sovereignty.

“The European Court of Human Rights is made up of 46 judges, some from very small countries, some with very different political and legal traditions to our own.

“Indeed, until recently, there was a judge on the council whose name was put forward by one Vladimir Putin. And he was still involved in cases up until September of last year.”

He continued: “We’re not in a single state like the United States and therefore these powers being grasped by a court are not something that we should simply allow to happen or without any concern being expressed in return.

“And therefore we shouldn’t feel it’s wrong to block or ignore its rulings because ECHR rulings do not have direct effect.

“In our court system, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom can only issue a statement of incompatibility. It cannot strike down statute law. And that’s really very important because it means that our democracy, Parliament, the High Court of Parliament, is the highest legal body in the land.”

Mr Rees-Mogg added: “When you go back to June of last year, Boris Johnson had plan to send the inaugural flight of asylum seekers to Rwanda, [at] the 11th hour, a court overseas issued a blocking order against what the British people wanted, and what the government had legislated for, Parliament and legislated for but it also did so secretively.

“The ECHR won’t even disclose the name of the judge who issued the order. There was a rumour, it turns out to be false, that it was the Russian judge, but we’ve written them to try and find out who it might have been, who was this secret anonymous judge.

“We hope they might let us know because secret justice is not proper justice. They should not be able to take our rights away, take rights away from Parliament, without at least us knowing who they are.

“And in truth, what is the best protection of our human rights, the best protection of all our rights? It’s democracy, it’s Parliament, it’s your votes.”

Source: GB News

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