Clearly human rights are important and must be protected. However, its a sad reality that current human rights laws are making it a lot harder for us to deport foreign criminals found guilty of heinous crimes and also making it harder to control our own borders. I’m pleased that a new British Bill of Rights is being brought forward to address these issues and restore a better balance between rights and responsibilities. I trust our own Parliament and Courts to safeguard our rights.
The Lord Chancellor believes that a new British Bill of Rights will enable us to deliver the Rwanda policy and make it easier to deport foreign national offenders without having to leave the European Convention of Human Rights. I very much hope this is the case.
It does frustrate me how long it takes to bring new laws into place. I asked the Lord Chancellor last week to expediate the plans to bring in a new British Bill of Rights. Happy to do all nighters if necessary. Appreciate this is an important Bill and Parliament needs time to scrutinise it but this shouldn’t be allowed to drag on for months.