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 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.