Repealing the Human Rights Act in favor of a "British Bill of Rights" is one of the cornerstones of the Conservative manifesto, yet may create more problems than it solves. It would also put the U.K. in company with isolated Belarus as the only European countries not to comply with the European Court of Human Rights.
The reason the Conservatives are so opposed to the Human Rights Act is that in certain high-profile cases it has made it harder to deport foreign-born criminals.
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However, lawyers, lobby groups and opposition politicians are already warning that repealing the Act may violate several vital U.K. treaties, including the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland and legislation over devolving powers to Scotland. With the Scottish National Party (SNP), who won almost every seat north of the border in last Thursday's election, unlikely to accept change, the Conservatives will have a fight on their hands.