The new Justice Secretary Liz Truss has confirmed this morning that the government will press ahead with plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. She would not commit, however, to any timescale for publication of the long-promised bill.
When asked by BBC Radio 4 Today’s presenter Nick Robinson about rumours that the project would be scrapped post-Brexit Referendum (see our report), Truss responded: “We’re committed to that. That is a manifesto commitment, Nick.” Robinson asked whether there would be a British Bill of Rights, and Truss said “absolutely“.
Truss wouldn’t be drawn on timing, however, When Robinson asked whether the government would publish the bill soon, Truss said, “I am looking very closely at the details but we have a manifesto commitment to deliver that.”
Please note, this article was written before the 2017 general election was called.
- Listen to the full interview here, from 2:18:20.
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