The battle to #BringHomeOurRights isn’t over - but we’re one step closer to victory

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill went for its third day of Committee Stage, which included debate on the exclusion of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights from the transposition process. 

Unlock Democracy's Director Alexandra Runswick commented:

“On day 3 of Committee Stage MPs were not willing to let the government do away with hard won rights and freedoms. From the get go the government's move to exclude the Charter from the transposition process was contrary to the very spirit of the bill. This has undermined the government’s explicit promise that the bill was just a ‘copy and paste’ job where “the same rules and laws will apply on the day after exit as on the day before”[1]. If the bill is to be a ‘copy and paste’ job, then the government has to bring all powers and rights back in one piece - and that means not losing the rights and protections in the Charter.

“Unlock Democracy has been coordinating a civil society wide Alliance to bring together organisations and campaigners from up and down the country, in all nations and regions of the UK, to secure changes to the Withdrawal Bill. The concessions made by the government are a win for constituents and campaigners alike, who came together to tell the government to bring home our rights.

“This is also a win for MPs who put forward robust amendments, scrutinised the details of the bill, and came together on behalf of their constituents to win concessions to secure important rights and freedoms. Now the government has to stick to its promise: we want to see information published about where the rights of the Charter are going to be reflected in UK law, and an amendment brought forward at Report Stage to clarify the status of Francovich[2] and the rights of people in the UK to take on the government through legal challenges.”

Notes to editors

[1]  EU (Withdrawal) Bill explanatory notes https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2017-2019/0005/en/18005en.pdf

[2] The Francovich principle enables individuals and businesses to seek damages from the state if it has “failed to transpose a directive, or done so late or poorly.”

http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-8140

About Unlock Democracy

Unlock Democracy is the UK’s leading campaign for constitutional and democratic reform. It is coordinating an Alliance of over 80 organisations from across civil society that are calling on MPs to amend the Withdrawal bill to guarantee open and accountable lawmaking, and a high standards UK.

More information about Unlock Democracy: http://www.unlockdemocracy.org/about-us/

More information about the Alliance: https://repealbill.org/about-us/