Mark Pritchard questions the Government on the importance of the role of the Council of Europe post-Brexit and seeks reassurance on the Government’s commitment to staying in the European Court of Human Rights.
When the United Kingdom leaves the European Union—[Interruption.] I speak as a remainer. When that happens, does the Minister agree that the Council of Europe will become an increasingly important interlocutor between this country and the European Union? Will he reiterate this Government’s commitment to staying in the European Court of Human Rights?
Yes, when we leave the European Union it is important that Britain maintains a strong role in international affairs in terms of its lead on human rights. I remind the House that the original convention on human rights was written by two Britons.