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Government to consult on British Bill of Rights

No bill in the current parliamentary session

The Queen's Speech revealed that the Government will not be introducing legislation to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights in the next session of Parliament. Instead it will consult on proposals for such a Bill.

It says that such a Bill of Rights would 'reform and modernise our human rights legal framework and restore common sense to the application of human rights laws. It would also protect existing rights, which are an essential part of a modern, democratic society, and better protect against abuse of the system and misuse of human rights laws.'

The proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act and to withdraw from the European Convention of Human Rights, contained in the Conservative Party manifesto, have, according to reports, been greeted with opposition from within the party as well as from other political parties.

Law Society president Andrew Caplen said:

"British people believe in fundamental principles such as freedom of speech, the right to life and the right to a fair trial. This makes the legal system in England and Wales respected throughout the world. We have always supported the retention of the Human Rights Act. We look forward to working with the government to ensure that these fundamental principles are protected as it consults on any proposals for change."

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