Britain and the European Union’s negotiators have published a December 2017 progress report (pdf) on Brexit. Continue reading “EU and UK Government report: Progress during Phase 1 of Negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the UK’s Orderly Withdrawal from the EU”
This briefing considers the effect of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (the Bill) and the risks and opportunities it presents to equality and human rights law. It outlines areas where the EDF proposes to support amendments to the Bill which aim to achieve our policy objectives.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (pdf) has been published.
Here’s our response. Continue reading “European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and Our Response”
The government published a white paper on Brexit legislation in March 2017. The paper covered 12 key themes, including:
- Trade: the UK is to come out of the single market and seek a new arrangement and free trade agreement with the EU.
- Immigration: a new system to control EU migration will be introduced.
- Expats: the government wants to secure an agreement with European countries on the rights of EU nationals in the UK and Britons living in Europe.
- Devolution: giving more powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as decision-makers.
The government also included details of its Great Repeal Bill, designed to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act and give Parliament the power to adopt parts of EU legislation into UK law.
Responses from EDF Associates
Liberty, March 2017
“This white paper has gaping holes where our rights should be. Where’s the guarantee to protect our EU rights so we don’t end up worse off than our neighbours across the Channel? Where’s the guarantee of proper democratic scrutiny?” – Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty
Responses from EDF Observers
EHRC, March 2017
“The government should use this golden opportunity to strengthen our own laws as we leave EU laws behind, including by introducing a constitutional right to equality that will make post-Brexit Britain fairer and more united.” – Chair David Isaac
The House of Lords Constitution Committee published a report, The ‘Great Repeal Bill’ and delegated powers, in March 2017. The report set out recommendations for reducing constitutional risks posed by the Great Repeal Bill.
These included provisions in the Bill to ensure that any delegated powers were used only:
- so far as necessary to adapt the body of EU law to fit the UK’s domestic legal framework; and
- so far as necessary to implement the result of the UK’s negotiations with the EU.
The report also recommended processes and mechanisms for parliamentary scrutiny of secondary legislation laid under the Bill.
Angela Patrick, from Doughty Street Chambers, produced a background paper for the Thomas Paine Initiative, entitled ‘Mapping The Great Repeal: European Union Law And The Protection Of Human Rights‘, published in December 2016. Continue reading “Mapping The Great Repeal: European Union Law And The Protection Of Human Rights”