Tory MPs Demand Boris Johnson Withdraws UK From European Court Of Human Rights

One MP blamed "lefty lawyers" after a deportation flight to Rwanda was grounded on Tuesday night.
Gullis, Johnson and Duncan Smith
Gullis, Johnson and Duncan Smith

Tory MPs are demanding Boris Johnson withdraws from the European Court of Human Rights after the first Rwanda deportation flight was grounded.

They made the demand after last-minute interventions by the international court led to the cancellation of the flight on Tuesday night.

The ECHR was set up in 1959 to rule on allegations of violations of the civil and political rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights.

However, their intervention has sparked a fresh row in the Tory party with some calling for the UK to severe ties.

Conservative MP for Stoke-on-Trent North Jonathan Gullis blamed “lefty lawyers and activists” for the flight’s cancellation.

He added: “It is clear that the ECHR prevented the flight from departing, after efforts in UK courts were exhausted. The ECHR’s role in UK law needs looking at urgently!”

Former Tory party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said the UK should be able to “rely” on its own courts to “uphold human rights and the rule of law”.

Duncan Smith labelled the situation a “legal farce” and said the European court’s decision was “ridiculous”.

He told LBC that ministers must now “deal with” the way in which the European Convention on Human Rights applies in the UK and the government should continue with its plans to introduce a new Bill of Rights.

Yesterday Johnson left the door open to leaving the European Convention on Human Rights.

Asked if it was time for the UK to withdraw from the convention, the prime minister said all options were under review.

However, ministers talking to journalists this morning poured cold water on the idea.

Pensions secretary Therese Coffey rejected calls to leave the ECHR, telling Radio 4′s Today programme: “I don’t think that’s even a question that, I’m aware, is on the table at all.”

Pensions minister Guy Opperman told Times Radio he would not be advocating to withdraw from the ECHR and that he did not think it was government policy.

He said: “I don’t believe it is our policy, nor would it be something I will be advocating for withdrawing from the ECHR.

“I think the situation is that, as I understand it, the UK courts have primacy on this matter, but as I understand the decision last night from the ECHR, a decision was made that not everything had been considered by the UK courts in those circumstances.”


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