June 24, 2017

UK PM ready to curb rights in terror fight

07 June 2017, 04:47 | Clarence Schmidt

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will rip up some human rights laws if they stop her from tackling terrorism

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will rip up some human rights laws if they stop her from tackling terrorism

May said that she was looking at "how to make it easier to transport foreign terror suspects and to increase controls on extremists where it is thought they present a threat, but there is not enough evidence to act against them".

"There is no incompatibility between protecting human rights and taking effective action against terrorists", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

The election campaign has been largely focused on national security in the wake of Britain's third major terror attack this year.

Spending squeeze'I'm deeply concerned about the impact of the further police cuts that the Conservatives have already outlined'.

He said her "explosive claim" linking security failures around the London Bridge attack to human rights limitations was "free from any evidence" and that attacking such legislation was nothing more than a "cynical" ploy to attract UKIP voters ahead of polling day. May said she will introduce tougher anti-terrorism measures if she wins the general election on Thursday, including restricting the movement of suspects when the authorities do not have enough evidence to prosecute them.

"And if human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change those laws so we can do it", she added.

In an interview with The Sun, Mrs May said she would also consider extending the time suspects can be held without charge to 28 days, after it was reduced to 14 days in 2011 under the coalition.

"I think we need to enhance our use of those EU-wide databases which are proving to be the most sophisticated pool of information about would-be criminals", he also said, linking Brexit to the security situation.

"As a country, our response must be as it has always been when we have been confronted by violence", she said on Sunday.

But while Rozenberg appears content to conclude May has not broken her manifesto promise, that doesn't mean he agrees with her latest comments.

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This policy has the potential to cause splits within the Tory party, as different factions see the Human Rights Act as either a European interference or a key piece in the apparatus of the rule of law.

May said she would look at making it easier for Britain to deport foreign terror suspects.

It has sparked fears from United Kingdom and worldwide rights' charities that the Tories will attempt to achieve a long-term ambition of some in the party and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Conservative sources said they would not withdraw from the ECHR but would seek opt-outs called "derogations" from certain aspects.

According to a poll published Tuesday by the group Survation, May's one-time 20-point lead over Labour has dropped to just over a single point - 41.6 percent to 40.4 percent.

Theresa May has said she will rip up some human rights laws if they "stop us from" tackling terrorism.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said it was not for her or Mr Johnson to "say how that happened or what happened".

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron accused the prime minister of launching a "nuclear arms race" in terror laws.

"All she would do is reduce freedom, not terrorism".

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