U.K.'s May Says She'd Rip Up Human Rights Law to Beat Terrorists

  • Prime Minister promises to deport more foreign terror suspects
  • Homeland security dominates election contest after attacks

May: Must Do More to Respond to Changing Threat

Prime Minister Theresa May said she’d be willing to tear up human rights legislation in the battle against terrorists, as security continued to dominate the final days of the U.K. election campaign.

Speaking to supporters at a campaign event in Slough, west of London, the premier said she wanted to make it easier for the authorities to deport foreign terror suspects and to limit the freedoms of individuals who pose a threat but who can’t be prosecuted in court. 

“If our human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change the laws so we can do it,” May said. “If I am elected as prime minister on Thursday, that work begins on Friday.”

May is facing criticism over her record overseeing U.K. homeland security in the wake of two terrorist attacks in two weeks ahead of Thursday’s national vote.

She called the election in April in an attempt to strengthen her position ahead of Brexit negotiations. But a suicide bombing last month at a pop concert in Manchester and Saturday’s attack at London Bridge have shifted the focus onto security.

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