Former Home Secretary Priti Patel Advocates for UK’s Exit from ECHR Amid Migrant Concerns

Patel criticises European judges for overstepping bounds while voicing support for a government promise to leave the European Court of Human Rights in its forthcoming manifesto.

During a recent interaction with GB News at the Conservative Party Conference, former Home Secretary, Priti Patel expressed her discontent with European judges, accusing them of “interfering in our domestic policies”. She urged for the UK’s exit from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), arguing that such a move would be in the interest of the nation and its citizens.

Patel is in favour of the government including a promise to depart from the ECHR in its upcoming manifesto, especially as the country may be facing a general election within the next six to eight months. The former Home Secretary pointed out that this wouldn’t be the first time the Conservatives have ventured such a proposition; however, she stressed the importance of following through rather than over-promising and under-delivering post-election.

Furthermore, current Home Secretary Suella Braverman, during a speech in Washington, called for a revamp of the UN Refugee Convention to better align with contemporary migration challenges. Braverman emphasised the distinction between asylum-seeking and pursuing better economic prospects, urging for a migration system that is “fit for our modern age”.

Additionally, Patel also took a stand on the criteria for international refugee protection, arguing that being a woman or being gay should not be sole qualifiers for asylum. She expressed concerns that the current asylum system might not be sustainable if such criteria were deemed sufficient for protection.

These developments come amidst ongoing discussions and debates surrounding the UK’s migration policies and its involvement with international judicial bodies like the ECHR. Source

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