Under pressure on BBC Newsnight, Tory Dominic Grieve QC was forced to admit the Prime Minister was only going to “review” current legal frameworks should she is still Prime Minister on Friday.
His comments come as a complete contrast to Mrs May's claims. Speaking at a rally in Slough, Berkshirefront yesterday, she promised to shake-up Human Rights laws if they obstruct her ability to "restrict the freedom and the movements of terrorist suspects".
Dominic Grieve undermines Theresa May's pledge to keep Britain safe from terror
Hosting the programme, Kirsty Wark highlighted that Mrs May announced her plans to “amend” Human Rights laws.
But Mr Grieve said: “The current architecture we have of human rights allows for derogation. So there is no difficulty derogating if you can show its necessary and proportionate to do so.
“We could, if necessary, detain people without trial. Whether it would be a good thing or not is another matter, but the powers do exist to allow that to happen.”
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There is no [current] difficulty derogating if you can show its necessary and proportionate
Dominic Grieve, former Attorney General
In a bid to hide his shock revelation, the Tory MP tried to amplify Mrs May’s campaign, justifying the Prime Minister's commitment to “review the law in restricting the rule of liberty”.
Shami Chakrabatti, who did little to invigorate Jeremy Corbyn’s stance on counter-terrorism while on the show, told Ms Wark that the Labour leader will do his best to look at security resources in order to assess their future anti-terror plans.
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At a rally, the PM insisted she would withdraw Britain from parts of the Human Rights Act
Dominic Grieve found himself under pressure, speaking to Kirsty Wark on Newsnight
But she insisted that “austerity is a problem” because the Prime Minister had unleashed a series of cuts across the country’s security network.
The shock claims were made hours after the identity of the third London Bridge attacker was made public.
Youssef Zaghba, a 22-year-old Moroccan-Italian, was reportedly flagged on an international terrorist database after officials stopped him on his journey to Syria for saying “I am going to be a terrorist”, Italian media claim.
Franco Bortolini, a neighbour of Collina’s, described Zaghba as “normal”, the son of a “simple lady” who was “very respectful”.