“Theresa May’s government has announced it will attempt to seek exemptions for the UK from the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). But funnily enough, the move comes just as the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) – which enforces the ECHR – has launched an investigation into the actions of her own government.
Above the law
At the Conservative Party conference on 4 October, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon laid out plans to allow the military to opt out of the ECtHR in future conflicts. The measure is a reactionary one, formulated in response to current investigations into UK military actions during the country’s invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
These investigations have cost the Ministry of Defence over £100m since 2004.
Fallon’s announcement follows May’s disclosure on 2 October that, as part of the Brexit deal, the UK will remove itself from being subject to the European Court of Justice (CJEU). The CJEU implements the rules of the EU single market, among other things.”