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LONDON: With Islamic jihadists using British soil to further their anti-west agenda, Britain may opt out of the controversial European Convention on Human Rights to make it easy to throw radicals out of the country.
Since European courts in Strabourg have repeatedly blocked British efforts to throw out venom-spewing jihadists such as Abu Qatada, Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain could soon end ties to Strasbroug-based European Court of Human rights (ECHR) so that they have no say over the British justice system.
British Home Secretary Theresa May, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and many Tory party MPs want Britain to quit the ECHR so that terrorists cannot appeal to it.
The British PM told BBC1, “As Prime Minister I want to know can I keep our country safe. So for instance are we able to chuck out of our country people who have no right to be here, who threaten our country, I say we should be able to do that.’’
The prime minister said, “There are a range of options. You can write a British Bill of Rights so that when cases go to the European Convention on Human Rights you have a proper margin appreciation. The judges there can say well the British have got their own Bill of Rights, they have made they own decision and we should respect that. That is one possibility.’’
The prime minister added, “People should be in no doubt that under a Conservative-only government led by me, there will be the ability to throw out of this country far more rapidly people who threaten us and our way of life.’’