Brussels is seeking to bind the UK to the European court of human rights after Brexit in a move likely to infuriate those in the Conservative party championing a break with the Strasbourg court. A document outlining the European commission’s position on future judicial and police cooperation stipulates there will be a “guillotine clause” on any security deal should the UK leave the remit of the court. The court, which is entirely separate to the EU’s institutions, was established after the second world war as an arbiter of disputes over the European convention of human rights, to which 47 states are signatories. However, it has long been the aim of some Tories for the UK to leave the convention, which they say restricts parliamentary sovereignty. A year before the Brexit referendum in 2016, Theresa May had argued that the UK should “should leave … regardless of the referendum result”, arguing that it “can bind the hands of parliament, adds nothing to our prosperity, makes us less secure by preventing the deportation of dangerous foreign nationals”. May, who battled with the court over her plans to deport the radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada from the UK, was reportedly aiming to put… Read full this story
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