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The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has issued the following Press Release concerning the commencement of its public hearings on 27 February. The inquiry was set up in 2014 by the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, and it has been delayed by controversy on the choice of chairperson, and resignations of senior legal staff. Continue reading →
Five years ago we posted a piece entitled ‘Church and State III – the European dimension’. Perhaps the title was misleading, but some people still don’t seem to be able to understand the difference between the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights, sothe following is an updated version, without the references to freedom of religion and belief.
Introduction: the great divide
In the not-too-distant future, the Prime Minister will trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union and the UK will begin the process of withdrawal. EU lawwill cease to apply to the UK when the withdrawal agreement enters into force or two years after notifying the European Council of the intention to withdraw unless there is a unanimous agreement to extend the negotiations. The House of Commons Library has produced a helpful note on all this: see Brexit: how does the Article 50 process work?
Until 2019, however, we shall still be members of the EU – and the extent to which we shall be obliged to take account of judgments of the CJEU after Brexit is still something of an open question, depending on what kind of trade deals we negotiate. Likewise, it would appear that the Conservative Party might well include repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 and, possibly, withdrawal from the European Convention of Human Rights in its manifesto for the 2020 General Election. (Although it is possible that a General Election could be held before this date, under the provisions of the Fixed Term Parliament Act 2011 that would raise a number of practical difficulties.)
Opposite-sex civil partnerships, RE, funny handshakes – and some of the media still don’t understand the difference between Brussels and Strasbourg…
Opposite-sex civil partnerships? Not yet
Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan lost their appeal against the Administrative Court’s refusal to review the Government’s policy on the extension of civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples: see Steinfeld & Anor v Secretary of State for Education EWCA Civ 81: we noted the decision here. Continue reading →
Further to yesterday’s Church Statement on Bishop Philip North and the associated comment, the Archbishop of York has issued a Press Release, below, in which he reaffirms his support for the nomination of the Rt Revd Philip North, Bishop of Burnley, to be Bishop of Sheffield.
On 22 February, Bristol Cathedral issued the following Press statementin relation to press stories this week about the Colston Hall concert venue in Bristol, named after Edward Colston (1636-1721), who was a local wealthy merchant and was complicit in the slave trade. The Dean also gave an interview to Premier, here.Continue reading →
In an interview with PoliticsHome, the Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss, has confirmed that the Conservatives’ 2015 manifesto commitment to replace the Human Rights Act 1998 with a “British Bill of Rights”, is on hold – presumably for the remainder of the present Parliament: Continue reading →