United Kingdom prime minister: We'll change human rights laws if they hurt counterterrorism

United Kingdom prime minister: We'll change human rights laws if they hurt counterterrorism

British Prime Minister Theresa May has stated that she was geared up to break up human rights laws to impose new restrictions on terror suspects as she wanted to gain control over the security agenda.

Labour said it was "not the message that we should be sending".

After the ISIS called for attacks in the West in September 2014, the British security services grew increasingly concerned that al-Muhajiroun members, who had remained in the United Kingdom, would carry out terrorist attacks.

Rival parties have been criticising the Tories over police cuts.

The recent surge in terror attacks had instead been caused by "people just coming onto the radar", he said, arguing that the lack of police officers on the streets was restricting the amount of intelligence reaching security officials.

"And 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".

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"If human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change the laws so we can do it", she said.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said earlier this week that British intelligence agencies had questions to answer, adding that people would be asking "How on Earth could we have let this guy or possibly more through the net?"

"As a country, our response must be as it has always been when we have been confronted by violence", she said on Sunday.

Tougher laws and police powers may fail to prevent low-technology attacks, such as the two van-and-knives assaults that occurred in London, and may well end up alienating British Muslims, he said.

Speaking Tuesday, however, May echoed many of her previous criticisms of the ECHR - though she did not mention it by name - saying it needed to be easier to kick terror suspects out of the UK.

Prime Minister Theresa May and co's manifesto states that the Human Rights Act 1998 - a firm feature of law student syllabuses - will not be repealed or replaced "while the process of Brexit is underway".

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Conservative sources said they would not withdraw from the ECHR but would seek opt-outs called "derogations" from certain aspects.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also condemned the PM's proposals.

And Shadow Attorney General Baroness Chakrabarti said the PM had "been banging on about her dislike for human rights for a very long time".

Theresa May has vowed to tear up any human rights legislation which prevents the authorities from taking tougher action against terrorist suspects.

Her comments were criticised as political and brought concerns about whether, if re-elected, her anti-terrorism plans could be effective and also protect civil liberties.

"We have been here before - a kind of nuclear arms race in terror laws". Setting out how she'd spend Britain's clawed-back contributions to the European Union budget as the country leaves the bloc, she said there'd be more money for fast internet connections, funds to commercialize research, and better road and rail services as part of a 23 billion-pound ($29.7 billion) package.

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