Westminster to impose human rights in NI?

statsman

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Here's an interesting report on a speech by Harriet Harman earlier this week:

Westminster wants a greater say in NI rights | ScopeNI

And here's the gist of it, for those with linkitis:

Ms Harmon was speaking at the launch of the Annual Statement of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC), and she was effusive about Westminster’s growing readiness to involve itself in rights in Northern Ireland, saying this has been a difficult and frustrating area over past years and decades – but citing the government’s summer decision to pay for NI women to have abortions in England as a major victory and also an indication of parliament’s readiness to act.
The report being launched includes this:

“The Commission recommends that the Department of Justice introduce legislation to end the criminalisation of women and girls in NI if they seek a termination of pregnancy in circumstances of serious foetal abnormality, rape or incest. It recommends that the Department of Health ensures that women and girls have access to safe abortion and post-abortion care services in these circumstances in NI in line with international human rights standards.”
And if Stormont continues to be defunct, direct rule will make these changes even more likely.

A reason for the DUP to keep the Tories in power, come what may (pun intended), thereby reducing their real influence?
 


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The EU negotiations put the 142 areas of "divergence" in the full headlights. Teh rest of the UK will be asking, why are these rights not available to people in another part of the UK, if it is a full integral part of that UK.

These changes are coming, one way or another, so it's a question of whether the DUP puts its morals or its nationality first.
 

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Here's an interesting report on a speech by Harriet Harman earlier this week:

Westminster wants a greater say in NI rights | ScopeNI

And here's the gist of it, for those with linkitis:



The report being launched includes this:



And if Stormont continues to be defunct, direct rule will make these changes even more likely.

A reason for the DUP to keep the Tories in power, come what may (pun intended), thereby reducing their real influence?
Good OP but I very much doubt if the British Government have the will power and want the hassle to making delicate political decisions about Northern Ireland, because it won't do them any good to their own electorate and will only cause even more instability and unease in the current political climate.
What is more likely to happen, is they will just continue doing the basics and keep the country ticking over until SF come to their senses.
 

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Good OP but I very much doubt if the British Government have the will power and want the hassle to making delicate political decisions about Northern Ireland, because it won't do them any good to their own electorate and will only cause even more instability and unease in the current political climate.
What is more likely to happen, is they will just continue doing the basics and keep the country ticking over until SF come to their senses.
A lot depends on the next UK GE; if Labour win, expect a lot of change, especially around areas affecting women's rights.
 

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A lot depends on the next UK GE; if Labour win, expect a lot of change, especially around areas affecting women's rights.
There are upwards of twenty LGTB Tory MPs who will want to see legislation. I don't think this will require a Labour victory. Especially now that the UK will be in the ECJ for an extra ten years.
 

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There are upwards of twenty LGTB Tory MPs who will want to see legislation. I don't think this will require a Labour victory. Especially now that the UK will be in the ECJ for an extra ten years.
“In a PLP [Parliamentary Labour Party] which is now 43% women and where there are young women on all sides of the House who are what I describe as daughters of the women’s movement, there is a reluctance to accept being told to stay out of it, just accept what male-dominated Northern Irish politics dictates and don’t intrude.”
 


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