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Justice Secretary Michael Gove faces Lords questions on British Bill of Rights

In the final evidence session of its inquiry into the impact on EU law of a UK decision to repeal the Human Rights Act, the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee will question the Rt Hon Michael Gove, on Tuesday 2 February.

Mr Gove was appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in May 2015. The Government's proposal for a British Bill of Rights has been under consideration since it came into office, but little is known about the details of it, despite promises of a consultation last autumn.

Questions the Committee are likely to put to Mr Gove, include:

  • What is the overall objective of a UK Bill of Rights?
  • Would a British Bill of Rights put the UK in breach of its legal obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights?
  • How will a Bill of Rights affect the blanket ban on prisoner voting in the UK?
  • How would a Bill of Rights impact on our relationship with other EU Member States?
  • Will the national assemblies of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland give their consent to a Bill of Rights?

The evidence session will take place on Tuesday 2 February, at 11am in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords.

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