Removal of the Charter of Fundamental rights delayed – for now
News this week that the government has delayed removing the European Charter of Fundamental Rights from the Brexit bill is to be welcomed. Theresa May as Home Secretary and Chris Grayling when he was Justice Secretary both pledged to do this and a commitment has been a feature of the Conservative manifesto for some time. There is a strong desire to curb the role of European law in this country and ‘bringing back our sovereignty’ was a familiar claim in the Referendum debate.
The Charter has played an important role in improving equality, privacy and children’s rights. Opposition to it is based on an exaggerated view of the degree of interference by the European court into the law of this country when in fact it has been slight.
We have argued for some time now that the government is going to have its hands full dealing with Brexit and will not want to be involved in protracted commons time trying to wrestle through this aspect of the bill. The Lords are likely to reject it anyway.