Launching today an alliance of over 70 charities, NGOs, and organisations from across civil society, have called on the government to ensure that the Repeal Bill does not result in a power grab by ministers and a sidelining of the devolved nations in the Brexit process.
Samuel Lowe, Campaign Lead (Brexit and Trade Policy) at Friends of the Earth, said:
“Around 80% of our environmental protections come from the EU,and we need them brought over into UK law so that they work just like they do now. This isn’t ‘red tape’, they are rules that exist for a reason: to protect our beaches, air and wildlife, and nobody wants to see these threatened so we can’t let anything fall between the gaps.”
“The process of exiting the EU represents the single biggest constitutional change in the UK for generations. EU derived rights and systems currently protect people across the UK and have provided an important platform for the Northern Ireland peace process. As the UK leaves the EU it is essential that those protections are not diminished in any way. Key to this will be to ensure proper scrutiny and accountability for the passage of the EU Withdrawal Bill, including respect for the role and current powers of the devolved regions. This Alliance will be an important vehicle in helping bring together the voice of civil society across the UK throughout the passage of that legislation.”
“Young people are engaging in politics to a degree unseen for years, and is essential their voices are hear. e UK Government oes not have a lank cheque to seek whatever kind of ‘Brexit’ it desires, and all parts of the UK must be allowed to have a role in the process of leaving the EU. Brexit must cause as little damage as possible. Only by listening to diverse voices across all the UK’s nations, and including students and young people in the process, can any kind of decent ‘Brexit’ be possible.”
For extended comment or for more information about the Repeal Bill alliance, please contact the alliance's coordinator, Jane Thomas, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07957 240826.
Notes to editors
Information about alliance and its aims can be found on the Repeal Bill alliance website
The alliance is calling for:
- Open and accountable lawmaking:
- Respect for democratic processes, including the devolved nature of the UK constitution.
- There must be clear limits and safeguards on the powers given to ministers in the bill.
- There must be robust parliamentary scrutiny at all levels with appropriate levels of transparency and debate both before and during the conversion process.
- Ensuring that as EU law is transposed into domestic law, rights and standards for all sectors are maintained.
- A UK framework for common standards, that is mutually agreed between the four administrations, to enable cross-border working and maintain an internal common market. This framework must respect the devolution settlements, meaning any administration can raise standards within the scope of those settlements, if they wish to do so.
- Leaving the EU must not create a governance gap. EU institutions have a role in monitoring, oversight and ensuring compliance with the law as well as setting regulations. Where governance arrangements are changed as a result of leaving the EU, there must be clear powers and procedures for ensuring the law is properly implemented and enforced on an ongoing basis.
31 Aug 2017
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