Rights without Remedies seminar: full speech by Sir Keir Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer QC MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, has lamented that the government made ‘a political choice’ not to transpose the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, with its explicit commitment to the fundamental rights of the child, into domestic law under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. He also joined Coram in calling for the full incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into UK law, at our Rights without Remedies seminar held at Coram on 2nd May 2019.

Sir Keir, who is MP for Holborn and St Pancras and was previously Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service, was the principal speaker at Rights without Remedies, an event to consider the future of children’s rights in an uncertain world. He set out the evolution of children’s rights and the global picture since the end of World War Two, before considering the challenges of Brexit to the rights system that has evolved since.