British PM won’t dump LGBT rights, reports ensure

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Home Secretary Theresa May arrives at Downing Street on June 30, 2015 in London, England. Prime Minister David Cameron will chair a meeting of Government cabinet members this morning. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to shelve plans to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, reports indicate. UK is set to remain a part of the ECHR till the next general elections, it has been confirmed, ECHR is not controlled by the EU, so the Brexit would not influence on it. The prime minister is now not expected to include it in the Conservative Party manifesto for the general election in June, making it extremely unlikely that it will happen before 2022, at least. Iain Duncan Smith, a Eurosceptic former cabinet minister and party leader, told The Daily Telegraph that the news was “disappointing,” but that he understood May’s thinking. She was frustrated by the ECHR, which prevented her from extraditing hate preacher Abu Qatada for a while. And the prime minister has changed her mind on the issue before. During her Conservative leadership campaign, May appeared to shelve her proposals, admitting: “I recognise that this is an issue that divides people, and the reality is there will be no Parliamentary majority for pulling out of the ECHR, so that is something I’m not going to pursue.”

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