Recently, the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee has begun an inquiry into the impact on EU law of repealing the Human Rights Act. The Sub-Committee took evidence last week from the Professor Steve Peers, Professor Sionaidh Douglass-Scott and Dr Tobias Lock. This week, it will continue taking evidence on the following broad issues:
- The protection of human rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and under EU law – similarities, differences, relative strengths.
- How would repeal of the Human Right Act and possible withdrawal from the ECHR affect a) the UK’s formal membership of the EU, b) its relationships with other EU Member States, and c) the current renegotiation of its relationship with the EU?
- Would repealing the Human Right Act and possible withdrawal from the ECHR a) put the UK in conflict with EU law, and b) change how EU fundamental rights are relied on and interpreted in UK courts?
- The EU’s accession to the ECHR.
Those giving evidence will be our very own Aidan O’Neill QC, together with The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC and Martin Howe QC. For those interested, the session will be streamed live via Parliament’s website.