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Before any possible reintroduction of the death penalty, UK should have a referendum about opting out of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

Submitted on Wednesday 31st August 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

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Before any possible reintroduction of the death penalty, UK should have a referendum about opting out of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

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The abolition of the death penalty is a key objective for the European Union’s human rights policy. We did not have a referendum on the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, now renamed Constitution Treaty. Lisbon Treaty gave effect to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, in which Article 2, “Right to life” provides that “everyone has the right to life”. It is time UK has a referendum to opt out of the abolishment of the death penalty and hence of the EU Charter of Human Rights prior to the Parliament seriously considers legislating to reintroduce death penalty.


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