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Mr Cameron, how do you feel about the Human Rights Act?

27 April 2016

The HRA has discreetly been wiped off the agenda by the 'in' and 'out' parties. But politicians must address this issue, writes John Cooper QC

Some months ago, I met, by chance, one of the chief strategists behind the so-called Brexit campaign, to persuading me to leave the European Union. I brought up the Human Rights Act and he immediately said that their campaign would leave that well alone, in case campaigning to abolish it put off people who would otherwise vote for a Brexit.

It is clear now, after a few weeks of campaigning, that the government and David Cameron in particular are equally avoiding taking any position on this important piece of legislation. This is, no doubt, for precisely the same reason as the Brexiteers: a desire not to alienate otherwise sympathetic voters in the Referendum.

Interestingly, both camps are trying to attract the pro Hu...

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