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Fast tracking a British Bill of Rights

It just does not seem right that an Act of Parliament guaranteeing our rights as citizens should be rushed through Parliament. Ironically, such conduct should, ideally, be prohibited under a British Bill of Rights!

The Government is planning to fast-track the creation of a British Bill of Rights, aiming to get the hotly contested legislation on to the statute books by next summer.

MPs thought the Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove, would delay the Bill, which would scrap the 1998 Human Rights Act (HRA), until later this Parliament, because it warranted only 12 words in the Queen’s Speech in May. A Bill of Rights was a manifesto pledge, but is opposed by civil liberties groups that think it will restrict freedoms guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). ”