MARTIN HOWE K.C.
This is my personal home page. For
information about my professional activities as a barrister, please
refer to the website at my Chambers:
- Working to complete the full implementation of Brexit, under which the whole
Kingdom would regain full control of our laws, borders, money and
international trade, and which fully delivers what 17.4 million people
for in the Referendum. I am Chairman of Lawyers for
which was founded to campaign for a Leave vote in the Referendum.
Afterwards it continued developing and promoting legal solutions for a
Brexit which restores our sovereignty, and does not leave us
enmeshed as a vassal state or colony of the EU with no vote but still
controlled by them. We provided much of the intellectual firepower
leading to the rejection of Theresa May's deeply flawed deal, and its
replacement by Boris Johnson's much improved but still incomplete arrangements. Now we are
90% towards restoring the UK's sovereignty, but with work still to do
in replacing the Northern Ireland Protocol and the flawed Windsor Framework, and also ending the remaining
areas of ECJ jurisdiction under the Withdrawal Agreement. For
details of my activities please see the Lawyers for
Britain website, my articles
for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph (may need subscription to
access) and on Conservative
Home, and my Brexit
Central author pages.
- Suporting the argument that now is the time for the UK to
leave the European Convention on Human RIghts, as set out in
my November 2023 paper
published by the CBP. The Convention as
originally drafted with British involvement contains a generally well
balanced set of fundamental rights which enjoyed support across the
political spectrum. Unfortunately in the 70 years since the Convention came into force,
the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg has 'interpreted' the
Convention in ways which have changed its meaning from the original.
In doing this, the
Strasbourg Court has gone far beyond
its proper judicial role of interpreting the Convention and has created
doctrines which do not exist in the actual
wording of the Convention itself, and in some important areas are
demonstrably contrary to the intentions of the States who drafted the
Convention. The United Kingdom has the longest history of the
protection of fundamental rights and liberties of any country in the
world dating back to Magna Carta and before in England. We have no need
for an international court to second guess our own courts in the
protection of our liberties, and certainly not this Court which grossly
oversteps the boundaries of its judicial role and has turned itself
into a law-making body without a democratic mandate. We should now
withdraw from the ECHR, and replace the Human Rights Act 1998 with
a new Bill of Rights which will reaffirm our historic rights and
I worked on reform of human rights laws as a member of the Coalition
on a Bill of Rights for the UK, which reported
with a majority favouring a UK Bill of
I was previously a member of the Conservative Party's Commission to
create a Bill of Rights (and Responsibilities) for the United Kingdom,
which was established after David Cameron's speech of 26 June 2006, "Balancing
freedom and security - A modern British Bill of
I have spoken on many occasions in support of replacing
Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. At The Times/Matrix
speaking in favour of the motion were David Davis MP, myself and Andy
Hayman, former head of Counter-Terrorism at Scotland Yard. We were
opposed by Cherie Booth QC, Rabinder Singh QC and Shami Chakrabarti. I
spoke at a debate
organised by the Institute of
- I chaired the
Courts and Sentencing Policy Group of the Centre for Social Justice
our group's report
with Iain Duncan Smith MP.
This major report,
in the Courts: restoring faith through local justice"
criticised the then Labour Government's over-centralisation of the
justice system and its torrent of legislation, and called for a much
more locally accountable system of justice in which offenders can be
dealt with more effectively.
Summary of the Report).
For a selection of my publications on political and
constitutional issues, see Publications.
Recent publications are on the subjects of regaining our sovereignty
and ending the remaining vestiges of EU control over our laws and
European Court jusisdiction, how to safeguard our civil liberties
through a new Bill of Rights for the United Kingdom, and I have written
extensively on human rights and
criminal justice and sentencing.
Please click here for a
selection of my legal publications, articles and lectures.