After Brexit is done, Theresa May will focus on taking the UK out of the European Convention on Human Rights, according to a newspaper today.
Leaving the EU does mean Britain stops being a signatory to the ECHR.
But that is almost certainly next on her agenda, the Telegraph reports:
Theresa May will put plans to pull out of the European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) at the heart of her campaign for the 2020 general election campaign, after ministers conceded that reform plans have been delayed by Brexit.
The Prime Minister is understood to be backing plans to “lift and shift” human rights enshrined in the European Convention and write them into UK law.
When she ran to be leader of the Tory party, May said she would not push for the UK to withdraw from the ECHR.
But that was mostly a political calculation – she did not have the Parliamentary majority – than one based on protecting people’s rights.
The ECHR is separate from the EU.
It is an international treaty the UK signed up to after World War II, containing a list of human rights and fundamental freedoms necessary to live a dignified life.
The UK was instrumental in drafting the treaty and was amongst the first signatories in 1950. It came into force in 1953, according to Rights Info.
Leaving it would make the UK an outcast undermine our international standing.
Here’s a short video on why the treaty matters
May wants to turn the UK into an inward-looking isolated pariah, it seems