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Sturgeon: Scrapping Human Rights Act is irresponsible

Nicola Sturgeon believes scrapping the Human Rights Act will harm people in the UK. Credit: PA

Scrapping the Human Rights Act in the UK would diminish its reputation, Nicola Sturgeon will warn on Wednesday.

In a speech in Glasgow, Scotland's First Minister will say "no responsible government should even be considering such a step".

She believes the plan, an election pledge by the Conservatives, creates a "completely unnecessary dilemma" and "addresses no obvious problem".

"There is instead a clear risk that it will create legal confusion; harm people in the UK who need support and protection; and give comfort to illiberal governments around the world," Ms Sturgeon is expected to say.