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 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:
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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”
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.”
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.
The EU (Withdrawal) Bill was presented to the House of Commons on Thursday 13 July 2017.
The EU (Withrawal) Bill, as well as the accompanying Explanatory notes
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