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Duel: Should we scrap the Human Rights Act?

Liberal nonsense or essential protection? Our panellists battle it out

Our panellists Dominic Grieve (right, no) and Martin Howe (left, yes)

Should we scrap the Human Rights Act?

The United Kingdom ratified the European Convention on Human Rights in 1953, and the Human Rights Act 1998 incorporated it into domestic law, saying that British courts must “take into account” the decisions made at Strasbourg. But UK governments have repeatedly come into conflict with those decisions—over the deportation of Abu Qatada, prisoners’ enfranchisement and the right of illegal…

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