The Telegraph reports that the Prime Minister intends to include withdrawal from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights in the Conservative Party’s 2020 General Election manifesto.
Mrs May has spoken in the past of her desire to leave the ECHR but appeared to concede during the Conservative leadership campaign that she could not pursue withdrawal in the present Parliament because of the small size of her majority. She is now understood to be backing plans to transpose the rights enshrined in the ECHR into UK law and then to withdraw from the jurisdiction of the Court. According to the report, a “senior Government source” said:
“We would have been looking at having a huge row with Parliament to get through the Cameron plan and we might even have failed. A clean break is by far the best option and, if we put it in the manifesto, even those Tory MPs who are squeamish about the idea will have to get behind it. A manifesto pledge also means the Lords will have to let it through eventually. All the signs are that the Prime Minister is up for this.”
It is anyone’s guess how accurate the report is, but it is certainly consistent with the views she espoused as Home Secretary.
[Thanks to Adam Wagner for the alert.]
Update: The Daily Mail’s take on the report is rather different:
“Plans to scrap the Human Rights Act have been kicked into the long grass until after the next general election in more than three years’ time. The Government has abandoned David Cameron’s idea of a British Bill of Rights on the grounds that it would cause a parliamentary battle but still leave the UK in the grip of the European Court of Human Rights.”