Ahead of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, British Home Secretary Theresa May suggested that this might be a good time to abolish the Human Rights Act.

The Act, which protects the place of the European Convention on Human Rights in UK law, could be replaced by a Bill of Rights for the UK, as early as the end of the year.

"I'd personally like to see the Human Rights Act go because I think we have had some problems with it. I see it here in the Home Office, particularly, the sort of problems we have in being unable to deport people who perhaps are terrorist suspects. Obviously we've seen it with some foreign criminals who are in the UK," she was quoted as saying by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was quick to defend the act, while Chris Huhne, a Liberal Democrat who is also Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, warned the party that issue may threaten the future of the coalition.

"If Conservative backbenchers persist in wanting to tear up the European Convention on Human Rights, then I can foresee a time when this party would be extremely uncomfortable in coalition," he said.