Theresa May: UK will change human rights laws if needed for terr

PM denies U-turn on security powers in wake of terror attacks

London terror attack: British Prime Minister Theresa May stated that she is ready to break human rights laws if they get in way of stopping extremism and terrorism. Privately, Labour aides and candidates are preparing to lose seats.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday she would be willing to weaken human rights protections to make it easier to deport or curb the movements of suspected militants when there is not enough evidence to prosecute.

"If human rights laws stop us from doing that, then we will change those laws", she told LBC radio.

The election campaign has been largely focused on national security in the wake of Britain's third major terror attack this year.

More controversially, she made it plain that if that means the government would have to change the laws on human rights, she is prepared to do so.

"From Mrs May's point of view, it's very hard for her to suggest anything radically different because of course she's been in charge of security policy for the last seven years, either in overall charge or as home secretary", he said.

Starmer said he had never found human rights law a barrier to successful prosecutions of terrorists or those preparing acts of terrorism.

A woman kisses the hands of people at a gathering on June 6, 2017, in London, following the June 3 London terror attack.

PM denies U-turn on security powers in wake of terror attacks
Theresa May: UK will change human rights laws if needed for terr

Mrs May has promised that if she wins Thursday's election, Britain would remain a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) until 2022, but Tuesday's remarks signal she would look at ways around the rules if necessary.

"But the government uses those powers very carefully, which shows how the unspoken consensus here works", said Dr Peter R Neumann, a professor of security studies at King's College London, noting that the country has no written Constitution.

"The prime minister is proposing common-sense measures that would potentially give the police more powers to control people who there may not be enough evidence to bring to court", he told the BBC.

Introduced in 2012 and toughened in 2015, TPims apply to people who are deemed a threat but can not be prosecuted or, in the case of foreigners, deported.

"It's all about making up for her lacklustre, flagging election campaign".

"We've had three attacks in three months, we need to review the situation and I think simply parsing some hard questions within 24 hours as "we don't need to ask them any more" is not really taking it as seriously as we should". The Tories have concentrated their fire on the Labour leader's past relationship with extremist groups, and the performance of his home affairs spokeswoman, Diane Abbott.

Spending squeeze'I'm deeply concerned about the impact of the further police cuts that the Conservatives have already outlined'. "We have to protect our basic freedoms, our basic democracy and our human rights", he said. They have also outlined plans to nearly double research and development spending to 2.4 percent of GDP by 2025 and 3 percent in the longer term. "I know because I did it for five years", he said.




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