British troops now exempt from human rights law

London—Britain on Tuesday announced plans to allow its soldiers to opt out of European human rights law, in a move Prime Minister Theresa May said would end “the industry of vexatious claims” against troops.
Under the new proposal the British government said it would allow soldiers to sidestep the European Convention on Human Rights during times of conflict, depending on an assessment of the circumstances.
“My government will ensure that our troops are recognised for the incredible job they do. Those who serve on the frontline will have our support when they come home.
“We will repay them with gratitude and put an end to the industry of vexatious claims that has pursued those who served in previous conflicts,” May said in a statement.—Agencies

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