In 1950, the UK government signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) after the atrocities of World War II. The main piece of legislation that incorporates the ECHR and upholds human rights in the UK, is the Human Rights Act (1998). Although there is no direct connection between the UK’s membership of the ECHR and membership of the European Union (EU), Brexit will impinge on the protection of human rights in the UK.
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