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Proposals to be brought forward for a British Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights ‘would restore common sense’ to human rights applications

In the Queen's Speech the government renewed its plans to bring forward proposals for a British Bill of Rights. According to the government's briefing note on the Queen's Speech, the main benefits of the Bill would be to continue protecting fundamental human rights. It would also better protect against abuse of the system and misuse of human rights laws and would restore common sense to their application. The proposals would deliver on the Conservative Party's manifesto pledge to introduce a British Bill of Rights and reform human rights law.

Those rights would be based on those set out in the European Convention on Human Rights, while also taking into account the United Kingdom's common law tradition.

The government will consult fully on the proposals when they are published in due course.

For a House of Commons Library briefing on a British Bill of Rights, click here.

22/5/16