A key Conservative immigration policy has been dealt a blow today after the UK’s highest court rejected the government’s plans to deport illegal migrants to Rwanda.
This decision and the continued small boats crisis cannot help but focus our minds on our membership of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
As Lord Moylan says: “We have corrupted our constitution with alien legal superstructures and can no longer protect our borders.” Surely things need to change. We need to leave the ECHR.
Leading Barrister Paul Diamond explains: “The ECHR, which was drafted in 1950 was a modest and unremarkable treaty focusing on civil and political rights: such as right to life, fair trails and the freedom of religion and expression.
“These were rights known to the common law for hundreds of years and the ECHR was thought to have little application to the United Kingdom. It was designed to restrain the actions of certain countries with anti-democratic tendencies; and the post war success of Germany is something that needs to be recognised.
“The ECHR was unnecessarily incorporated into national law by the Blair government in the Human Rights Act 1998. Many in the Conservative opposition at the time saw the dangers of this politicised document being given the force of law; most noticeably by the late Baroness Young.
“Listening to the Labour front bench, one would think that we had no democracy, rule of law, free speech, or fair trials prior to the Human Rights Act. The truth of the matter is that after 25 years of the Human Rights Act and the ECHR we have less freedoms than before.”
PLEASE lend your support and sign Dame Andrea Jenkyns and Conservative Post Editor Claire Bullivant’s petition which will be presented to the Prime Minister.