There is a lot of disagreement amongst the government’s top politicians in the Cabinet over whether the UK should leave the European Convention on Human Rights no matter what happens with the EU vote in June.
It was the Home Secretary Theresa May who pushed for the UK to leave the European Convention on Human Rights and was quickly criticised: “sacrificing Britain’s 68-year-old commitment to human rights for her own miserable Tory leadership ambitions”.
What the Home Secretary had said precisely was:
“The ECHR can bind the hands of parliament, adds nothing to our prosperity, makes us less secure by preventing the deportation of dangerous foreign nationals – and does nothing to change the attitudes of governments like Russia’s when it comes to human rights. So regardless of the EU referendum, my view is this: if we want to reform human rights laws in this country, it isn’t the EU we should leave but the ECHR and the jurisdiction of its court.”
Meanwhile David Cameron the Prime Minister has put out this comment through his advisers: “The PM has made clear he wants to see reform of the ECHR and has ruled absolutely nothing out if we don’t achieve that.” But sources admitted that the government’s position did not require withdrawal from the ECHR.