Plans to repeal the Human Rights Act are on hold

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Justice Minister Sir Oliver Heald has confirmed that the government’s plans to scrap the Human Rights Act will be put on hold until the complex issues around leaving the European Union have been resolved.

During Justice Questions in the House of Commons on 24th January, Ministers were questioned over controversial plans to overhaul human rights laws in the UK by replacing the Human Rights Act with a new “British Bill of Rights.” Sir Oliver said in response:

We are committed to reforming our domestic human rights framework and we will return to our proposals once we know the arrangements for our exit from the European Union.” He also added that he thinks it is “important for us to sort out… the exit from the EU before we return to that subject.”

 

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