The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, more commonly known as the Repeal Bill, is the first major piece of Brexit legislation to go before Parliament. The bill proposes to hand sweeping powers to ministers to allow them to make changes to laws. This would sideline both Parliament and the devolved nations from policymaking, further centralising power in the hands of the executive.
We’ve heard a lot in the media about the DUP’s social policies, their history and their politics. What has not been as thoroughly discussed are their policies towards democracy, which we've set out to analyse.
Unlock Democracy has joined with over 70 organisations from across civil society to call on the government to seriously rethink its approach. If Brexit is about taking back control, then it simply can’t mean undertaking a transfer of unaccountable powers to the executive.
The Repeal Bill - the first major piece of Brexit legislation - will go before the House of Commons for a second reading. Now is therefore the time to get in the know about what is going to be one of the most constitutionally significant pieces of legislation in the UK’s history.
This week Barry Sheerman became the first sitting MP to sign up to UK’s the statutory lobbying register, as the result of his role as the Chairman of Policy Connect. The idea that MPs can run organisations that undertake lobbying activity sits uncomfortably, and serious questions must be asked about what this says about the state of lobbying regulation in the UK.