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London wants to strengthen “British rights in general”

Archive – After Brexit, Great Britain seeks to legally secede from the EU and reform human rights law in a controversial step. Photo: Michael Shipler / DPA


After Brexit, Great Britain also seeks to legally secede from the EU and, in a controversial step, reform human rights law. The main purpose is to easily deport those who have entered illegally. Critics accuse Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s administration of seeking to undermine the independent legal system.

The Ministry of Justice said on Tuesday that the measures strengthened the possibility of deporting foreign criminals who “often misuse human rights laws to avoid deportation.” Head of Department Dominic Robb announced that it would strengthen “British rights such as freedom of speech and arbitral tribunals in general” and add “healthy levels of public knowledge”.

The Conservative government holds the 1998 Human Rights Act, which binds Great Britain to the European Convention on Human Rights, and is responsible for ensuring that illegal immigrants are not simply deported.

With these measures, the Ministry of Justice said, the role of the British Parliament as the final arbiter of laws would be restored and “greater wisdom” would be created in interpreting the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Its purpose is to find an appropriate balance between individual rights, personal responsibility and the wider public interest.

Great Britain – unlike Germany – does not have a constitution set out in a single document. Rather, it contains a whole series of laws, court decisions, and conventions. The Constitution is constantly evolving through new interpretations of law or existing rules and is adapting to new circumstances.