Is Theresa May proposing changing human rights law?


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Does the prime minister want to end human rights laws to catch terrorists?

In a pre-election speech on 6 June 2017, Mrs May said: "I'm clear: if human rights laws get in the way of tackling extremism and terrorism, we will change those laws to keep British people safe."

The BBC said shortly after that party officials had clarified that the prime minister did not mean withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights, but just "derogating" from it - ie a relaxation of the law in specific areas. Countries are permitted to do this in times of national emergency - for instance France has done it following terrorist attacks. But it is not clear if that counts as changing laws.

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