The European Convention on Human Rights1 has had a significant impact on the development of immigration law in this country. So far as it is possible to do so, primary legislation and subordinate legislation must be read and given effect in a way which is compatible with the Convention rights2. A considerable body of case law has built up concerning appeals against removal where it is alleged that removal of the applicant from the United Kingdom would expose him to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
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