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    Sunak criticizes 'total abuse' of 'illegitimate' ECHR decision

    Rishi Sunak raised the possibility of Britain leaving the ECHR if it continues to block his delayed plans for Rwanda. Photo: Getty/Danny Lawson < p>Rishi Sunak has criticized the “total overreach” of an “illegitimate” European Court of Human Rights ruling that places a duty on governments to achieve net zero.

    Downing Street's intervention comes ahead of the final round of voting on the Rwanda bill, which could be passed by the end of this week, allowing the government to continue with deportation plans. However, there are concerns among Conservative MPs that the long-awaited flights could still be disrupted by judges in Strasbourg.

    Mr Sunak's comments will spark speculation that Mr Sunak is considering including a pledge to withdraw from the ECHR in the Conservative Party manifesto, with sources saying this is not ruled out.

    Saturday Night Number 10 Source said: “In the Prime Minister’s opinion, this decision is a complete abuse of power and an unlawful interpretation of the text of the ECHR. There is no doubt about it.”

    In the first ruling of its kind, the court ruled that the human rights of a group of elderly Swiss women had been violated due to their government's failure to act quickly enough to address the problem. changing of the climate. The decision also applies to the UK.

    Two further cabinet ministers have voiced their dissatisfaction with the UK's involvement in the ECHR, joining the voices of Energy Minister Claire Coutinho.

    A source close to the Environment Minister Wednesday to Steve Barclay, said human rights in Britain “didn’t start with the ECHR and it won’t end there.”

    They added: “The Government was democratically elected with a mandate to tighten border controls and stop small boats crossing the border. It is a fundamental threat to our democracy if an unelected foreign court stops these supplies, and Steve has been clear for several years to successive Prime Ministers that withdrawal from the ECHR must be on the agenda if this is the only option to fulfill this promise made ECtHR. The British people.”

    The rebellion spreads to the top of the government.

    Another Cabinet minister told The Telegraph they would be “perfectly calm about leaving” the ECHR, adding: “I don't think the public will regret it.” to see the other side.”

    Ms Coutinho has already expressed “concerns” that Strasbourg judges are making decisions that are best made by elected politicians.

    Earlier this week, Strasbourg judges issued a landmark ruling requiring governments to protect people from climate change.< /p>

    With the help of Friends of the Earth, some 2,000 elderly women said the Swiss state was putting them at increased risk of death from extreme heat.

    British judge Tim Eicke wrote the lone dissent, writing: “I fear that this decision the majority went beyond what is lawful and permissible for this court to do, and, unfortunately, in doing so, it may well have achieved exactly the opposite effect of what was intended.”

    The decision sparked a backlash from Conservatives, with several senior MPs calling on Mr Sunak to withdraw the UK from the ECHR following the decision.

    The revolt is spreading to the top of government, with cabinet ministers breaking ranks to call for Mr Sunak to quit the convention, especially considering the difficulties it may also pose to the implementation of Rwanda's policies.

    Other MPs, including Robert Jenrick, the former home secretary, and Danny Kruger, co-chair of the group of New Conservative MPs, accused the court of acting in a “deeply undemocratic” way and “bending over” “progressive” activists and politicians.

    However, it is believed that the number of cabinet ministers who oppose leaving the ECHR outnumber those who are in favor by two to one. The rest were reportedly either undecided or had not disclosed their position to colleagues.

    The European Court found that the Swiss state had violated Article Eight of the ECHR, which guarantees “the right to respect for private and family life.”The ruling is binding on signatories to the convention, such as the UK, and will apply to laws in 46 European countries, including the UK.

    This means individuals and groups can sue for violations of their human rights , if the UK government fails to meet its net-zero emissions or environmental targets.

    In the UK, attempts are being made to bring such cases on the basis of the European Convention on Human Rights and have so far been unsuccessful. However, last year, in a landmark net-zero case, the High Court suggested that UK courts would “keep pace with Strasbourg jurisprudence” as it continues to evolve.

    Mr Sunak raised the issue this month about the possibility of Britain leaving the EU if the Strasbourg court continues to block its delayed plans to deport illegal migrants to Rwanda.

    He said controlling immigration was “more important” than EU membership. agreement. A poll has found that half of Tory voters think the UK should leave the ECHR. Mr Sunak said “enough is enough” and vowed to ignore the Strasbourg court ruling if he tries to cancel deportation flights.

    He has signaled he will continue flying even if the court grants a Rule 39 injunction in an attempt to prevent them from leaving.

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