Rights and civil liberties issue 1: Sovereignty of the UK vs. protection of rights

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  • Sovereignty of the UK vs. protection of rights
    • How well are rights protected in the UK?
      • Legislations such as Human Rights Act, Equality Act, Freedom of Information Act ensure rights are enforceable
      • Strong common law tradition
      • UK is subject to ECHR
      • Independent judiciary - principal of equal rights is clearly established
    • How far rights aren't protected
      • Common law can be vague/disputed and set aside by parliamentary statutes
      • Parliament remains sovereign so it can ignore ECHR or even repeal the Human Rights Act
      • There's increasing pressure on government to infringe on rights in the interests of national security (due to terrorism)

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