Ministry of Justice introduces new Bill of Rights

22/06/2022 | UK Government

Following the consultation into human rights laws last December and inclusion in the Queen's Speech, the Ministry of Justice has announced a new Bill of Rights. Not to be confused with the Bill of Rights 1689, its modern-day counterpart was introduced by justice secretary Dominic Raab amid claims that it would liberate the UK from the EU and strengthen freedom of speech. However, the reality is far more controversial. As The Guardian writes: "The Ministry of Justice has taken a hatchet to the single most powerful rights tool this country has ever had." The article goes on to point out the obvious in that weakening the Human Rights Act would never equate to an 'expansion' of the right to freedom of expression. 

A post from Public Law for Everyone highlights the changes to judicial authority and references the impact this will have on deportation, which would otherwise be incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights Article 8 right to respect for private and family life.

At the beginning of the week, 150 organisations urged the government to let parliament scrutinise the Bill of Rights.

Editors note: We will update this summary article with more details as they emerge. 

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