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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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

Memorandum on Delegated Powers in the EU (Withrawal) Bill and the Responses to it

The Memorandum concerning the Delegated Powers in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was published for the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee on July 13th alongside the Bill.

The issue has since received critique from a variety of angles, most notably including a joint statement from the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones:

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill does not return powers from the EU to the devolved administrations, as promised. It returns them solely to the UK Government and Parliament, and imposes new restrictions on the Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales.”

Continue reading “Memorandum on Delegated Powers in the EU (Withrawal) Bill and the Responses to it”

Disability Rights after Brexit?

The Guardian newspaper has published an article by Alfonso Montero, the policy director of the European Social Network, which provides a useful overview of how disability rights are likely to be affected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The author argues that a whole range of disability rights that are currently safeguarded by EU legislation may be under threat, including the fact that “Brexit would also remove the possibility for UK citizens to resort to the European court of justice if they felt their equality rights had been contravened”. The article also list examples of how financial support for UK disabled people is likely to be cut.

>>> Read article on The Guardian website