He went on to say that he believes Britain should be able to deport those threatening national security without EU intervention.
Theresa May’s bid for Britain to quit human rights convention
Theresa May has also called for Britain to leave the European Convention on Human Rights – but remain a member of the EU.
The Home Secretary used her first speech of the referendum campaign to argue that the case for remaining part of the treaty is “not clear”.
On the question of the EU as a whole, she offered cautious backing to staying in – admitting there are “problems” associated with membership and saying the country “could cope” outside.
In a wide-ranging speech, Mrs May also insisted that “nobody should think” Brexit is the “single bullet that is suddenly going to solve all our immigration problems”.
Referring to the ECHR – drafted after the Second World War – Mrs May said it “can bind the hands of Parliament”, “adds nothing to our prosperity” and “makes us less secure by preventing the deportation of dangerous foreign nationals”.