A blog post from Mark Elliott, Professor of Public Law and Chair of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, considers the new UK Bill of Rights Bill, which would replace the European Convention on Human Rights in UK law. He looks at what will not change; what would change; and the broader implications of the Bill in terms of human rights protection in the UK. He claims the effect of the Bill would be to reduce available rights and (as with the Northern Ireland Bill post-Brexit) is based on a false idea – that it is possible to legislate domestically in order somehow to manipulate or magic away treaty obligations that are binding upon the UK as a matter of international law; and that so long as it remains party to the ECHR it is bound by it, regardless of what the Bill might say.
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