Liberty responds to Home Secretary's speech calling for withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights

25 April 2016

In a speech this morning, Home Secretary Theresa May has called for the UK to leave the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Responding to her comments, Bella Sankey, Policy Director for Liberty, said: “Desperate times call for desperate speeches. Presumably reeling from yesterday’s bad headlines, the Home Secretary is today playing fast and loose with Churchill’s legacy to bolster her tough credentials.

“It was only a matter of time before the ECHR got dragged into the EU referendum debate. But the Convention doesn’t bind Parliament and – despite Theresa May’s best efforts at mud-slinging and myth-spreading over the years – the case for remaining a signatory is unequivocal.

"Britain founded it, it is the most successful system for the enforcement of human rights in the history of the world, and every day it helps bring freedom, justice and the Rule of Law to 820 million people.”

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