Holyrood ‘will block UK bid to scrap Human Rights Act’

Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: HemediaNicola Sturgeon. Picture: Hemedia
Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: Hemedia
NICOLA Sturgeon has today warned that the Scottish Government will block any attempt by the UK government to scrap the Human Rights Act.

The First Minister said in a speech that responsibility for the Human Rights Act rests solely with the Westminster parliament - but European Convention rights are embedded into the devolution settlement and human rights itself is a devolved issue.

“That means that any attempt to repeal or amend the Human Rights Act is likely to require the legislative consent of the Scottish Parliament,” Ms Sturgeon said.

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“It is inconceivable – given the breadth of the support which the Human Rights Act commands across the Scottish Parliament – that such consent would be granted.

“The Scottish Government will certainly advocate that it is not granted.”