Human Rights Lawyer’s Concern Over Brexit

As the dust begins to settle on last month’s monumental vote to leave the European Union, neither Britain or the rest of Europe are any closer to knowing what the relationship between Britain and the EU will be.

Many people are also questioning what Human Rights protections will be in place when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

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Shortly after the result of the vote was clear, David Cameron announced his decision to step down as Prime Minister. He had supported a Remain vote and with his newly negotiated EU deal for the UK failing to convince the electorate to stay in the EU, many felt he had no choice but to resign.

This sparked a Tory leadership race, but due to various factors the contest did not go to the Tory membership and Theresa May was elected leader of the party and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

However, many commentators are concerned about Mrs May’s past record on Human Rights. May is one of the longest serving Home Secretaries of recent times and supported repealing the Human Rights Act.

The Guardian has reported that Theresa May said, “It isn’t the EU we should leave but the ECHR [European court of human rights] and the jurisdiction of its courts.”

Martha Spurrier, a Human Rights lawyer who works for Liberty, has urged Theresa May to keep the Human Rights Act.

The Human Rights Act provides basic protections to all and helps to ensure that the most vulnerable, including those who are detained whilst seeking refugee status in the UK.

Like so many aspects of unwinding decades European Union legislation, there is no way of knowing what the future will hold.