What’s the fuss about Amendment 7?

Amendment 7 is a proposed change to the wording of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, tabled by Dominic Grieve MP.

It proposes to insert the words  “subject to the prior enactment of a statute by Parliament approving the final terms of withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union” to Clause 9 (page 6, line 45) of the EU (Withdawal) Bill.

According to the member’s explanatory statement, the intention of this amendment is “to require the final deal with the EU to be approved by statute passed by Parliament”. – in other words, parliament must have the final say.
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How will Brexit affect health and health services in the UK? Evaluating three possible scenarios

The process of leaving the European Union (EU) will have profound consequences for health and the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. In this paper, we use the WHO health system building blocks framework to assess the likely effects of three scenarios we term soft Brexit, hard Brexit, and failed Brexit. We conclude that each scenario poses substantial threats.

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Repealing Our Rights – British Citizens set to lose their Fundamental Rights

The EU Withdrawal Bill constitutes a massive attack on the fundamental rights of all UK citizens. By deeming the incorporation of the articles from the Charter of Fundamental Rights (CFREU) into UK Law as “unnecessary”,  as the government has done, it is launching an unprecedented attack on the rights of all British citizens, the majority of whom are unaware of the benefits that CFREU protection affords. 

However, the current debate around EU citizens rights portrays the loss of these rights almost exclusively in the dialogue of “expatriate rights”, creating a false narrative that implies that only UK citizens in other EU countries, and EU citizens in the UK, are affected by the proposed changes.

This article does not want to belittle the acute direct impact that Brexit has on these expatriate communities; it seeks to address the imbalance in the current debate  to demonstrate that all British citizens, including those with no direct ties to other EU countries, will suffer from a huge loss of rights if this matter is left unchallenged.  Continue reading “Repealing Our Rights – British Citizens set to lose their Fundamental Rights”

Constitution Committee launches Inquiry into EU (Withdrawal) Bill

On 7 September 2017, the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution announced that it is conducting an inquiry into the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

The Constitution Committee is expected to launch a Call for Evidence shortly, inviting written and oral submissions on the Bill, which seeks to avert legal uncertainty by transferring EU law into UK law prior to repealing the European Communities Act (1972). Continue reading “Constitution Committee launches Inquiry into EU (Withdrawal) Bill”

Unlock Democracy’s Commentary on the Second Reading of the EU (W) Bill

Repeal Bill – first Facebook Live

We've finished our first Facebook Live on the Repeal Bill. But you can still watch it and get clued up on the one of the most important laws since in decades.

Posted by Unlock Democracy on Friday, September 8, 2017