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The British Bill of Rights and the nightmare delay before Christmas

Is the government finally realising it cannot avoid ECHR provisions and international obligations when drafting the Bill, asks John van der Luit-Drummond

3 December 2015

We remain in the dark as to what a post-Human Rights Act world will look like. A published draft of the fabled British Bill of Rights – which  has been over a year in the making – is still yet to materialise. Appearing before the House of Lords constitution committee, Michael Gove confirmed that the government’s consultation into the long-anticipated Bill has once again been delayed. This time until 2016.

'My original intention was to publish the consultation before Christmas,' the Lord Chancellor told peers yesterday. 'It has now been put back. I expect it will be produced in the new year.'

It seems a long time since those heady days, in ...

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