Carmichael Calls for Government to Abandon Human Rights Act Changes


Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, called on the Government to abandon their “incoherent” plans to abolish the Human Rights Act

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr. Carmichael said:

“If we are to have the Supreme Court as the ultimate arbiter does that mean that this Lord Chancellor wants to withdraw from the European Convention?”

Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, Elizabeth Truss MP responded:

The Prime Minister has been very clear that leaving the ECHR is not something that we are going to pursue.

Commenting afterwards, Mr. Carmichael said: 

The Lord Chancellor stood at the dispatch box of the House of Commons and in the space of minutes made two statements which are completely contradictory of each other. The only way they can achieve their policy of having a Supreme Court as the last word on Human Rights Law is if we leave the ECHR, but in the next breathe she says that they do not want to do this.

“Their policy is incoherent to the point of being shambolic. The best thing they could do would be to give it up and instead spend the time and resource on protecting the advantages that come from having a Human Rights Act.


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