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Brexit and the Human Rights Act

Brexit and human rights

The Government plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights, at some point.

The UK Human Rights Act (HRA) states that UK courts 'must take into account' (not necessarily follow) any judgment, decision, declaration or advisory opinion of the European Court of Human Rights

For more information on the uses of the HRA see our information on the human rights act

You can find summaries of Human Rights related court cases by going to the case law page on our website.

British Bill of Rights

As yet, we have no details about what this Bill will contain, but its aim is that rights should be set out by the UK parliament rather than Europe.

European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decisions may still be relevant to our law but the British Bill of Rights will determine just how relevant they are.

It is also not clear how a British Bill of Rights would apply to Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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