Theresa May will tear up human rights laws if they stand in the way of new Anti-Terror Legislation
- Theresa May has promised she will not let human rights laws stand in her way.
- She will make it easier to deport foreign terror suspects and will extend existing laws that restrict the freedom of British suspects.
- Mrs May used a campaign speech in Slough last night to signal a significant gear change in her response. She said: “When I stood on the steps of Downing Street after the London attack I said enough is enough and things have got to change. “We need to take on the ideology that unites and motivates the perpetrators of these attacks.”
- She said: “We should do even more to restrict the freedom and the movements of terrorist suspects when we have enough evidence to know they present a threat, but not enough evidence to prosecute them in full in court.” “And if human rights laws get in the way of doing these things, we will change those laws to make sure we can do them.
- Mrs May had already announced plans for longer prison sentences for terrorists and a clamp down on internet firms that enable access to extremist material, but she now wants to go further. She will extend the powers of police and the courts to restrict the movements of terrorist suspects using Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (Tpims).