Mark highlights the post-Brexit importance of the Council of Europe as a link between the UK and EU

31st October 2017

Mark Pritchard questions the Government on the importance of the role of the Council of Europe post-Brexit and seeks reassurance on the Government’s commitment to staying in the European Court of Human Rights.

Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin) (Con)

When the United Kingdom leaves the European Union—[Interruption.] I speak as a remainer. When that happens, does the Minister agree that the Council of Europe will become an increasingly important interlocutor between this country and the European Union? Will he reiterate this Government’s commitment to staying in the European Court of Human Rights?

Yes, when we leave the European Union it is important that Britain maintains a strong role in international affairs in terms of its lead on human rights. I remind the House that the original convention on human rights was written by two Britons.

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