In a move that has shocked human rights groups up and down the country the U K Independence Party has this week condemned Britain’s membership of the European Union, as it prevents capital punishment from being carried out on British soil.
Following the murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky earlier this week in Bradford, UKIP leader Roger Knapman opportunistically used the opportunity to take a swipe at the EU. Knapman said, “At a time when we are faced with what would appear to be an increasing tide of truly horrific crimes, it is right that the subject of the death penalty should be aired in public."
“No matter how horrific the crimes, there is no prospect of the death penalty being re-introduced in the UK unless we first leave the European Union”.
The death penalty is prohibited by Protocol 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Also Article 7 of the EU treaty states that action will be taken against member states where there is a ‘clear risk of a human rights breach,’ something which has spared thousands of people from intolerable suffering.