Widdecombe says 'We cannot have interference' from ECHR
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MPs voted against a bill on Wednesday calling for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to ignore rulings from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and resume the deportation of asylum-seekers to Rwanda. Tory MP Jonathan Gullis put forward the Asylum-Seekers Bill claiming that it “will ensure that Parliament, not unaccountable foreign judges in Europe, have the final say”. But do you think the UK should withdraw from the ECHR? Vote in our poll.
Mr Gullis explained the Bill would mean “we can get the migrants who have entered the UK illegally, onto the flights to Rwanda” and taken to other “safe” countries.
He said: “Thereby changing the law to explicitly ignore the European Court of Human Rights from meddling in our sovereignty on this specific matter. This Bill is about demonstrating that Parliament is on the side of the British public in restoring our great nation’s territorial integrity.”
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During Prime Minister’s Questions on December 14, Tory MP Danny Kruger called for Mr Sunak to forge a “new framework for refugees and human rights” and claimed the ECHR was “limiting our ability to control our borders”. In his response, Mr Sunak did not specifically answer the question but referred to his new five-point plan to tackle the migrant crisis.
However, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, who has previously supported staying in the ECHR, said earlier this week that “nothing is off the table for the future”.
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