Conservative plans to leave the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and create a British Bill of Rights are “Worthless”, says the UK Independence Party.
Nigel Farage, UKIP’s leader said: “Whether they like it or not, we will never be free of the European Conception of Human Rights while we stay in the European Union. While the ECHR was initially a creation of the Council of Europe, the pan European body that stretches to the Urals, it is now an integrated part of the European Union.
"Back in 2011 I asked the European Commission a series of Questions about the way in which membership of the EU requires, post Lisbon, accession to the constraints of the ECHR.
"The answers given make it absolutely clear.”
• respect for fundamental rights as guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights is an explicit obligation for the Union under Article 6(3) of the Treaty on European Union.
• The Court of Justice of the European Union has held that the Convention is of special importance for determining the fundamental rights that must be respected by the Member States as general principles of law when they act within the scope of Union law.
No ifs, no buts, no maybes.
The Commission also stated:
According to Article 6(3) of the Treaty on European Union, the fundamental rights, as guaranteed by the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms constitute general principles of the Union's law. The general principles of the Union's law are part of the Union's primary law.
"In a nutshell, despite all the great sound and fury, despite the cheers of the Conservative Party Conference, the Conservatives are being utterly disingenuous. This is red meat for the troops before an election, but will turn out to be thin gruel if they ever try to enact it.
"Unless and until we leave the European Union, this country will remain committed to the provisions of the ECHR. To pretend otherwise is utterly dishonest.”