European Convention on Human Rights

Voting to leave the European Union in June is the only way to end the confusion over the European Convention on Human Rights, Shipley MP Philip Davies said. Home Secretary Theresa May Home said the UK should leave the ECHR while remaining in the European Union. But Mr Davies pointed out this would not be possible give that member states wanting to join the EU had to sign up to the ECHR. Mr Davies said: “In order to put into practice the very welcome announcement by the Home Secretary, which I now assume is Government policy to leave the European Convention of Human Rights, would that mean we would have to leave the European Union to do so?” Justice Minister Dominic Raab said the government’s position does not involve “or at least our current plans, do not involve withdrawing from the convention”. The Attorney General Jeremy Wright also came to the Commons to attempt to clear up the confusion surrounding Mrs May’s comments. Mr Davies added: “The Home Secretary is right. The convention binds the hands of Parliament and we should be making decisions about our laws. In the ECHR, we have pseudo judges, many of them political appointees rather than proper judges, over reaching their remit under the convention with ridiculous decisions such as votes for prisoners. “Why should we vote for something we do not believe in, something our constituents do not believe in and for something which makes the PM physically sick, just because some ludicrous judges in Strasbourg went way beyond their remit. If we are not prepared to accept such rulings, which I am not, the only sensible course of action to anyone who believes in the rule of law is to leave.” The Conservatives have pledged to replace the Human Rights Act with a "British Bill of Rights".