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Brexit and a British Bill of Rights—are our human rights under threat?

Published on: 19 September 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Brexit and a British Bill of Rights—are our human rights under threat?
  • Briefly, what is the background to the government’s pledge to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and replace it with a British Bill of Rights (BBoR)?
  • What progress has been made so far in relation to this policy?
  • What challenges have been identified with making such a change?
  • What impact is the vote to leave the EU likely to have on this issue? Does it make it easier or more complicated?
  • Are there other possible routes of human rights reform that might be explored instead?
  • Is there any possibility the UK could abandon the ECHR? If so, what would the likely impact be?
  • How do you see the situation developing in the next six months?

Article summary

Public law analysis: Jonathan Cooper OBE, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, considers proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998) and how the impact of Brexit may mean that the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights is no longer applicable in the UK. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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