Plot to thwart European court’s attempt to meddle in UK migration row

Braverman slams ‘out of touch lefties’ for migrant criticism

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Conservative MPs are making a major push to end the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECHR) jurisdiction over migration issues in the UK. Express.co.uk understands that they are planning on holding a meeting with Home Secretary Suella Braverman ahead of introducing an amendment to the Illegal Migration Bill.

Sir John Hayes, chairman of the powerful Common Sense Group; veteran Brexiteer Sir William Cash; Stoke North MP Jonathan Gullis and former cabinet minister Simon Clarke are behind the amendment which could prevent the Strasbourg-based court from vetoing British law.

The move comes after the ECHR provoked fury by taking a decision in private by an unnamed judge with no evidence from the UK government to block the Rwanda deportation agreement.

In the wake of that decision, Mr Gullis introduced a 10-minute rule Bill to exempt the ECHR from migration decisions in the same way that David Cameron’s coalition government got around the court’s verdict that prisoners should be allowed to vote.

While Mr Gullis’s Bill was unsuccessful it is reemerging as an amendment to the current Illegal Migration Bill.

It is understood that Sir William Cash, who is also a constitutional legal expert, is recommending using a “notwithstanding” clause which would mean ECHR decisions on the issue would not carry any legal weight.

The amendment is likely to be backed by the 50 MPs in the influential Common Sense Group and could also get a sympathetic ear from Ms Braverman who has previously advocated withdrawing from the European Convention of Human Rights and ending the court’s jurisdiction on all matters.

A Common Sense Group MP said: “It is important to note that we are not at this stage advocating leaving the ECHR, we know that is a fight to be had for the manifesto.

“What we would do is end the authority of ECHR decisions on this policy area to prevent a repeat of the Rwanda debacle.”

Another source said: “We are very hopeful of getting a meeting with the Home Secretary on this.

“I think she can be persuaded the problem is whether the Prime Minister can be.”

Already two tory MPs – Caroline Nokes and Chris Skidmore – have said they would not back the Bill in its current form because they think it is too hardline.

Ms Nokes described the Bill as “a horror”.

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