The Common Sense Group, with more than 60 parliamentarians, wrote to the Prime Minister and his new Justice Secretary Dominic Raab and Attorney General Suella Braverman to demand a change in the law after a summer where thousands of illegal migrants crossed the Channel in small boats. It comes as backbench MPs have warned that the channel’s migrants are threatening seats on the other side of Labor’s old red wall.
Dudley North MP Marco Longhi, the first Tory MP in constituency history, told the Sunday Express: “The problem is completely toxic. He arrives on the doorstep all the time.
“There is a danger that if we lose voters to parties like Reclaim or Reform, Labor will go through the middle and regain the seats because our vote is divided.”
Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith said, “We get more feedback on this than any other issue and have been for over a year.
“The worst part is that they come from people who normally support us or who first supported us in 2019. This goes against the narrative of the resumption of immigration control after Brexit. “
Conservative MPs believe they have the backing of Home Secretary Priti Patel, but fear Downing Street is preventing him from taking “decisive action” on the issue, including replacing the human rights law.
Mr. Raab, who became Justice Secretary this week, and Ms. Braverman, a senior government legal official, have also supported the repeal of the human rights law in the past.
The letter sent on behalf of the Common Sense Group by its Chairman Sir John Hayes to the Prime Minister said: “The Common Sense Group shares your frustration with the seemingly endless series of illegal Channel crossings, and welcomes the determination of the Government. to take all necessary measures. to slow them down.
“The rallying cry ‘Take back control; inspired millions of Britons to free our nation from the clutches of the intrusive and power-hungry European Union. So you will understand that our constituents are increasingly impatient that the borders of Great Britain, far from being under our control, seem more porous than ever.
“Our concern is that the institutional barrier of the Human Rights Act continues to act as a bulwark against meaningful reform leading to decisive action. A subversive legacy of Tony Blair’s government, the Human Rights Act has had a frustrating effect far beyond its purported merits, with subsequent Prime Ministers and Home Secretaries seeing their efforts to fight the illegal immigration hampered by this outdated and obsolete legislation.
They warned that human rights law gives institutional status to decisions made by a foreign court.
They want it replaced with a UK Bill of Rights that is simpler and could prevent activist lawyers from deporting foreign criminals and illegal migrants.
The letter added: “With a large majority and brave Brexiteers at the helm of the Department of Justice and as the government’s chief legal officer, there can be no better opportunity to tackle this political hangover. of yesteryear. “