Bambos Tsiattalou, Founding Partner of Stokoe Partnership Solicitors, has written an article for Solicitors Journal exploring the impacts of the British Bill of Rights.

“We cannot base fundamental change to human rights law on a perception of how the Strasbourg court behaves, as opposed to the cold hard facts, writes Bambos Tsiattalou.

The government’s plan to repeal the 
Human Rights Act and replace it with a newly created British Bill of Rights, which will apparently meet the somewhat vague aim 
of operating closer to the cultural norms of the UK, has thrown up many more questions than answers. Not least among these questions is 
how exactly one sets about pinning down a cultural norm, let alone subjecting it to judicial interrogation. The sociological aims and implications of the plan pale in comparison 
when considering the hurdles which will have 
to be overcome if the Bill is ever to become law.

First and foremost, we do not yet know what 
the Bill, still to be unveiled, is going to contain. There have been various hints and asides, a draft Bill produced but not published prior to the 2015 general election, and a Conservative party working paper which allow us to make a well-educated guess as to its content.

Uncertainty surrounds the survival of the Bill, 
or at least the form it will take when it eventually emerges from both the UK legislative process and any negotiations that need to take place with the rest of the EU. There is no cast-iron guarantee that 
it will automatically make it past the Conservative backbenchers in the House of Commons, where many are concerned about the risk it poses to basic human rights in the UK. Once it has been dealt with by the Commons, the Bill will have to make its way through the detailed and learned examination offered by the House of Lords.”

Read the full article on the Solicitors Journal website here.