Nicola Sturgeon is warning against the proposed British Bill which would replace the Human Rights Act in a talk today in Glasgow.
Ms. Sturgeon is warning of the consequences that would follow scraping the currently held Human Rights Act, believing that it will greatly diminish the UK’s reputation overseas.
Earlier this year there were reports of conflicting opinions within British Prime Minister David Cameron’s cabinet over whether to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill.
The other option discussed was the more drastic action of withdrawing entirely from the European convention.
Replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights was an election pledge by the Conservatives.
UK Justice Secretary Michael Gove is expected to bring forward the government’s proposals shortly.
Today, the SNP leader will address civic organisations with Shami Chakrabarti, a human rights campaigner.
Nicola Sturgeon is voicing her belief that any changes made would have a counterintuitive effect, weakening, rather than strengthening, the protection of the people.
Previously, Ms Sturgeon has said that she would use Holyrood’s voice, urging the Scottish government should withhold consent for the abolition of the act in Scotland.
“Repealing the human rights act meets no pressing need, and addresses no obvious problem. There is instead a clear risk that it will create legal confusion; harm people in the UK who need support and protection; and give comfort to illiberal governments around the world.
The SNP leader believes that, “No responsible government should even be considering such a step.”
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