The government has made a major concession in the EU Withdrawal Bill, accepting the Procedure Committee’s proposal to set up a new committee charged with checking the so-called Henry VIII clauses of secondary legislation. Continue reading “Henry the VIII belongs to History – New Committee to scrutinise secondary legislation”
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.
Continue reading “What’s the fuss about Amendment 7?”
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.
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”
by Dr Brian Milne, consultant researcher on children’s human rights
This paper considers the implications of Brexit in terms of how the secession of the UK from membership of the European Union may impact on the human rights, therefore the lives of children.
Continue reading “Children’s human rights, Brexit and the EU”
The Procedure Committee today announces an inquiry into Exiting the EU: scrutiny of delegated legislation.
This inquiry, which will draw on the work of the Committee on this subject in the 2015 Parliament, will focus on two areas of significant concern:
Continue reading “Procedure Committee announces inquiry into scrutiny procedures under Brexit legislation”
Professor Mark Elliott excellent Public Law for Everyone blog lists a “Collection of key texts, official publications and commentaries relating to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill”.
This is a list of essential texts on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill that is being updated as new material is added.
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”