Recently, the UK government came together to discuss the Assisted Dying Bill, but surprisingly for some, the bill was rejected. Euthanasia within the UK is quite a controversial subject, which the MP’s try to steer clear of for as long as possible, as this was the first time in almost 20 years for the government to discuss the issue.
The current law with the UK on euthanasia and assisted suicide is that they are both illegal. Depending on the circumstances, euthanasia is regarded as manslaughter or murder, with a maximum penalty of up to life imprisonment.
However, under guidelines published by the Crown Prosecution Service in 2010, a person accompanying someone to a foreign country to commit assisted suicide is unlikely to face prosecution. The guidance set out that a prosecution was “more likely to be required” in a number of scenarios including when “the victim did not have the capacity … to reach an informed decision to commit suicide”.
in questions had plans to allow some terminally ill adults to end their lives with medical supervision. Under the proposals, people with fewer than 6 months to live could have been prescribed s lethal doses of drugs, which they would have had to be able to take themselves.