Flaws in Tories’ new asylum policy

There is a feature in today’s Times (London) from a practising barrister outlining the flaws in the Tories’ recently announced immigration policy. Among them is the fact that the new policy would breach Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which forbids the return of a refugee to face torture. The UK could not enter reservations about this article without withdrawing from the European Union altogether, along with the 1984 UN Convention against Torture (promulgated when a Tory government, under Margaret Thatcher, was in power here). The article by David Pannick concludes that only improved efficiency could solve the UK’s asylum law problems (and he also mentions resources, “both financial and personnel”, which leads to tax, of course), in which there are less votes than in “ill-informed and unworkable panaceas”.

What the Tories won’t tell you about their new asylum policy (The Times, p4 Law supplement, today; free registration required)

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