Since the Bland ruling of 1993, 'assisted suicides', which involve 'omissions' that are principally the removal of life-saving care, are not illegal. Both euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal under English law. An important distinction in UK law exists between active euthanasia and passive euthanasia.

Depending on the circumstances, euthanasia is regarded as either manslaughter or murder. Trying to kill yourself is not a criminal act.

Both are illegal in the UK - with euthanasia carrying a maximum penalty of life in jail, and assisted suicide 14 years.

To kill another person deliberately is murder or manslaughter, even if the other person asks you to kill them. Euthanasia is illegal in Britain. However, actively taking action to end another's life is illegal…

Assisted suicide.

… Assisted suicide is illegal under the terms of the Suicide Act (1961) and is punishable by up to 14 years' imprisonment.