Cameron’s dithering causes Cabinet split as May and Gove go to war over … –

The report concluded that the rulings of the Strasbourg court should no longer be binding on the British courts and proposed leaving the convention altogether if the Government was unable to negotiate a looser relationship.

However the proposal that the UK should withdraw if ministers were unable to achieve a satisfactory outcome was not included in the party’s general election manifesto.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Government’s policy is as set out in the manifesto and that is shared by Theresa May, the Prime Minister and the whole Cabinet.”

The suggestion that withdrawal is now off the agenda will prove highly controversial among Conservative MPs – many of whom strongly believe that the British courts must be supreme.

Backbencher Philip Davies said: “It is very disappointing. The European Court of Human Rights is full of pseudo judges, most of whom are political appointees.

“The convention has become a charter for illegal immigrants to avoid deportation and for criminals to pursue vexatious claims. I have no idea why we would want to stay part of that.”

Mr Gove and Ms May forming an alliance against the act will come as a surprise to many. 

The two clashed last year over allegations of a Islamic extremist plot to infiltrate schools in Birmingham.

The Conservatives said they would get rid of the Human Rights Act and replace it with a Bill of Rights, separate from the 1689 document of the same name, in their manifesto.

Many pundits believed that it was a matter that was intended to be negotiated away in any coalition talks with the Liberal Democrats.

However, the shock Tory overall majority has meant it could be implemented by the time of the next election in 2020.

Although specific legislation was not mentioned in this week’s Queen’s speech, a commitment was made to discuss proposals on the matter.

The Government would, however, have to negotiate past the devolved assemblies as well as a number of rebellious backbenchers.

With a working majority of just 16, the government will have to work hard to convince the likes of former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis, former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell, former Attorney General Dominic Grieve and former Chancellor of the Exchequer Kenneth Clarke to give the bill their support.


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