European Convention On Human Rights To Be Dropped For UK Military In Battle Situations

Theresa May is to release British troops from observing some human rights responsibilities in battle, in an attempt to protect them against vexatious legal claims from future conflicts.

The PM plans to introduce an automatic ‘opt-out’ from certain aspects of human rights law, under changes being announced at the Conservative conference in Birmingham.

The Government will adopt a presumption that it will “derogate”  from the European Convention on Human Rights at times of war, after the Ministry of Defence spent more than £100 million on Iraq-related investigations, inquiries and compensation since 2004.

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