Dad wants law change as it’s revealed one Brit a week goes to Switzerland to die

A terminally ill dad wants Parliament to change the law as figures revealed one Briton a week travels to Switzerland for an assisted death.

Motor neurone disease sufferer Phil Newby had a bid for a High Court judicial review turned down and has lost his appeal.

Phil, 49, of Rutland, said: “Judges will not engage on the issue – it is down to Parliament to act.”

Zurich clinic Dignitas said 42 Britons went to die there last year.

A further 11 had assisted deaths at Life Circle in Basel.


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MPs rejected a law change on right-to-die by 330 votes to 118 in 2015.

But after a Westminster debate last week, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said he would “actively consider” a call for evidence on the UK ban.

Sarah Wootton, of campaign group Dignity in Dying, called the court’s decision “disappointing”.

She added: “Banning assisted dying drives the practice overseas.”

Care Not Killing chief Dr Gordon Macdonald called the case an attempt to “introduce assisted suicide via the back door”.

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