A Conservative backbench MP has called on the government to get rid of the European Convention on Human Rights and the domestic legislation that comes with it to allow authorities more freedom to tackle illegal immigration and deport foreign criminals.
Speaking in the House of Commons on Thursday, the Stoke-on-Trent North MP Jonathan Gullis told members that the expectation of greater action in controlling Britain’s borders had been a primary reason why so many of his constituents turned out for Brexit in the 2016 referendum.
“One of the many reasons the people of Stoke-on-Trent – over 70 per cent – voted to leave the European Union was because they wanted to see us take back control of our borders,” Gullis told the Paymaster General Michael Ellis MP.
“So seeing as that we’re being asked to feed him some ideas, may I feed into the Paymaster General that one idea is, let’s get out of the European Convention on Human Rights!
“Then let’s scrap the Human Rights Act within this country so that those who are foreign national criminals in this country who are taking advantage of the system that’s currently there, and the illegal economic migrants crossing the English Channel and entering this country illegally can be deported back very much quicker than they currently are now.”
“Well I hear my honourable friend’s points and of course he knows now that we are taking back control of our borders,” replied Ellis, whose short response left much to be desired.
The Home Office has often revealed the burdensome legislation has been a foil to its plans to speed up deportations of economic migrants who have reached Britain illegally and failed to be given asylum.
Furthermore, foreign criminals often use human rights laws to frustrate deportation orders handed down by the Home Office following custodial sentences. The Rochdale grooming gang ringleaders Qari Abdul Rauf and Adil Khan are a prime example of one case where criminals are benefitting from the legislation as they challenge the Home Office’s decision to banish them from Britain.
Former Brexit leader Nigel Farage has regularly attacked the European Convention on Human Rights as the major obstacle to Brexit being “complete” leaving the United Kingdom “genuinely in charge” of its borders.
Home Secretaries dating back to a certain Theresa May have often talked tough on repealing the legislation, though none of whom have had the will to follow through on their tough talk.