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Britain doesn't need a foreign court to uphold its ancient liberties - by Philip Johnston

Amidst the on-going chaos over Covid, it is gratifying that at least some in government are finally attending to long-standing abuses in our immigration and asylum system by seeking to end the duty on British courts to adhere to precedents set by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

In poll after poll over the past twenty years immigration has topped the list of concerns amongst voters yet ministers have found themselves repeatedly hamstrung in their attempts to extradite those who were found to be here illegally as they successfully sought protection to remain under the auspices of the ECHR, fuelling ever greater distrust between the electorate and its governing class.

What Dominic Raab’s reforms seek to address is the imposition of rules by an extra-territorial judicial body answerable to no-one,” according to Philip Johnston in today's Telegraph.

“The incorporation of the ECHR into British law through the Human Rights Act (HRA) muddied what used to be fairly clear waters, arrogating to the Strasbourg court an authority that was never envisaged."

Ending that presumption is essential if trust in our judicial system is not to be further eroded.

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Article for the Telegraph by Philip Johnston - Britain doesn't need a foreign court to uph
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