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The next target in the project to “take back control”? Strasbourg and the Human Rights Act

The Eurosceptic right spies a chance to fulfil its long-held ambition of human rights destruction

By Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos  

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Photo: Rainer Jensen/DPA/PA Images

Writing after the referendum in 2016, in the preface of his disturbingly timely On Fantasy Island: Britain, Europe and Human Rights, Conor Gearty, professor of human rights law, warned: “Now that the larger European entanglement has been successfully seen off, the time has come for finishing the unfinished business of human rights destruction.”

“The opponents of human rights are feeling emboldened by Brexit,” said Keir Starmer in 2017; “there are those that want Britain to retreat…

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