Illegal Immigration Bill: ECHR Compatibility

Part of Attorney General – in the House of Commons at 9:34 am on 30 March 2023.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Solicitor General 9:34, 30 March 2023

Last month, the Attorney General told the Justice Committee:

“It is particularly important that they”—

Government lawyers—

“work to keep the Government acting properly and within the rule of law”.

The House of Lords Constitution Committee found in January that the Government had

“twice knowingly introduced legislation in Parliament which would…undermine the rule of law: the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill and the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill.”

This Illegal Migration Bill, even before the Attorney General’s own Back Benchers are finished with it, is a further example of that. When will her

“first duty…as an officer of the court”— those are her words—trump her loyalty to a lawbreaking Government?