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UK Unveils Bill Giving Its Courts Ultimate Say on Human Rights

  • British judiciary would be allowed to ignore ECHR case law
  • Bill decried by human rights groups, opposition parties
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Boris Johnson’s government defended its plan to allow UK courts to ignore rulings from the European Court of Human Rights, as groups including The Law Society warned the new law will damage basic protections.

The Bill of Rights will give the UK Supreme Court the ultimate say over human rights issues, making it clear that ECHR case law does not always need to be followed by the British judiciary, the Ministry of Justice said. It comes just days after the ECHR thwarted the UK’s flagship immigration policy by preventing Britain from deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda.