Interesting deliberations on whether or not the new UK Government can repeal the 1998 Human Rights Act, and how it can effect or NOT effect the devolved Parliaments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Will be watching how this develops, and of course how the 56 SNP MP’s in Westminster deal with any proposals put forward for deliberation in the Westminster Parliament.
In his speech at yesterday’s Conservative Party conference, the Prime Minister confirmed that the party’s 2015 election manifesto will include a commitment to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and replace it with a “British Bill of Rights”. Last night, however, The Scotsman newspaper quoted a Scotland Office spokesman as saying that the change would not apply in Scotland. According to the article, the spokesman “confirmed that human rights legislation is devolved to the Scottish Parliament because it was ‘built into the 1998 Scotland Act [and] cannot by removed [by Westminster].’” As reported, this statement is seriously misleading. However, it does highlight genuine difficulties that devolution creates for the implementation of plans to reform human rights law.
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