Nigel Farage comments on Illegal Immigration Bill on GB News
Nigel Farage tonight predicted a major battle over Britain’s membership of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) in the next five years which will be “like the Brexit debate all over again”.
The Brexit architect said he did not think the Illegal Migration Bill will succeed in stopping small boats crossing the Channel.
The Bill, which would change the law to make it clear people arriving in the UK illegally will not be able to remain in the country, cleared its final Commons hurdles this evening.
There have been calls from Tory MPs on the right of the party for the UK to exit the ECHR to prevent judges on the continent from making orders to prevent deportations.
Strasbourg judges were able to use what is called a Rule 39 order to block the inaugural deportation flight taking asylum seekers to Rwanda last year.
Speaking on GB News, Mr Farage said: “I think it won’t actually be the court in Strasbourg that stops this working, it will be British judges using the ECHR which of course has been incorporated into British law via the Human Rights Act.
“In some ways, the British Bill of Rights, what’s been voted on in the last hour, you could say the law has been updated.
“But all the while we’re signatories to an international treaty, nine out of 10 of our judges will always rule in favour of that treaty. So I think we’ve got a problem with our own judiciary.
“The Conservative Party have failed completely on this issue.
“I think that the legislation is in conflict with our international obligations and therefore logically what we have to do is reconsider and change our international obligations.
“I think this question of sovereignty of our borders is why we won the referendum in 2016.
“It was the key deciding factor that got the turnout up to 10 percent more than many commentators thought it would be.
“I think it was a bigger part of the 80-seat majority than many Conservatives actually wish to admit to themselves.
“And I think within the next five years we are going to have a battle over membership of the ECHR which will be almost like the Brexit debate all over again.
“This is going to rise to very near the top of the agenda in this country.”
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg added: “Because it is all about whether or not you have taken back control.
“It’s about whether our Parliament can decide things or whether there is an overarching body that will tell us to do something different.”
Mr Farage went on to predict that the Tories will make a “big pledge of some kind” on the issue in their next manifesto.
He said: “I think the Conservatives with this legislation will not succeed. I think our judiciary and those in Strasbourg will make sure of that.
“But I think we’ll go into the next election with the Conservative Party, probably against its will and probably not being sincere, saying look we tried, we accept we failed, not through want of trying, but a big pledge of some kind will get made in the next manifesto.”
Mr Rees-Mogg added that it is “last chance saloon for the ECHR”.
He said: “If they try and stop us dealing with small boats then the majority in this country to leave will be unstoppable.”
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