British PM leaves the human rights court

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Home Secretary Theresa May walks to the Conservative party conference on September 30, 2014 in Birmingham, England. The third day of conference will see speeches on home affairs and justice. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Theresa May has revived her controversial plans to pull the UK out of the European Convention on Human Rights, reports say. The ECHR is not a European Union institution, and so the Brexit process will not lead to withdrawal. But according to reports this week, however, the new PM is planning to seek a mandate to withdraw from the ECHR by including proposals in the 2020 Conservative manifesto. The change would see Britain withdraw from the ECHR alongside the repeal the 1998 Human Rights Act, in favour of a long-touted ‘British Bill of Rights’. The British Bill of Right is intended to provide narrower protections than the Human Rights Act, with previous Tory documents suggesting it would not apply to “trivial” issues. A source told the Telegraph: “A clean break is by far the best option and, if we put it in the manifesto, even those Tory MPs who are squeamish about the idea will have to get behind it. A manifesto pledge also means the Lords will have to let it through eventually.”

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