Brexit negotiators led by David Frost will head to Brussels on Monday to formally kick off talks with the Europeans as the countdown to the end of the transition period begins. Mr Johnson has instructed his team to reject the EU’s demands for Britain to remain bound by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), The Sunday Telegraph reports. No10 adviser Dominic Cummings has been an outspoken critic of the international convention which was signed after the Second World War.
The treaty is signed by 47 states who are members of the Council of Europe, not to be confused with the EU.
The convention signed after the Second World War consists of a number of articles protecting basic human rights.
Judgements of the court based in Strasbourg legally bind countries to stand by its rulings.
Mr Johnson’s cabinet is said to be split over the planned move.
Boris Johnson is set to reject the EU's demands over human rights laws (Image: GETTY)
The PM has ruled out an extension to the Brexit transition period (Image: GETTY)
Some ministers have made their opposition to the ECHR clear while others are reportedly strongly in favour of the country staying bound to the set of laws
France’s foreign minister Jean-Yves le Drian last month set a fiery tone for the talks when he predicted both sides would “rip each other apart”.
When questioned about her colleagues’ choice of words, France’s Europe minister Amelie de Montchalin put it down to a matter of passions running high.
She told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “It think we are entering a new phase of Brexit.
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Amelie de Montchalin said the Brexit talks would not be a battle (Image: Andrew Marr Show)