In what is quite likely to be an attempt to play to the UKIP gallery, Theresa May will announce plans to include in the Tory Manifesto for the next election a plan for the UK to quit the European Court of Human Rights. The body based in Strasbourg and not to be confused with the ECJ has judges from each signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights, and it seems that the British are not overly impressed with some of the court's decisions.
The totally impartial and disinterested Daily Mail writes:
A great day for British justice: Theresa May vows to take UK out of the European Court of Human Rights | Mail Online
Will this actually happen even if the Tories get an overall majority? What is the significance of the proposal and what will the political reaction be? What are the peos and cons? Is this reassertion of national sovereignty a good or bad thing?The European Convention has led to such hugely controversial decisions as banning the deportation of radical cleric Abu Qatada and giving British prisoners the right to vote.
Mrs May’s bold proposals to include the move in the next Tory Election manifesto reflect the party’s growing hostility towards Europe. If enacted, her policy would leave British judges free to interpret the law without interference from the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
Mrs May wants to withdraw from the convention before the next Election in 2015, but Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, a keen pro-European, has made it clear he will veto the initiative.
As a result, it is set to be a manifesto promise to be put into action if David Cameron wins an overall majority. Together with the Prime Minister’s vow to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, it will give the Tory manifesto a strong anti-European theme to combat the increasing appeal of UKIP.
The provisions of the European convention are already enshrined in British law in the Human Rights Act – but under Mrs May’s plan, the final right of appeal would be to the British Supreme Court, not Strasbourg.